Exercises in Style

Raymond Queneau


John Calder (Publishers) Ltd, London, 1979. Hardcover with illustrated dust jacket. 197pp., 5.25 x 8 inches

Near fine with near fine price clipped dust jacket. Clean, tightly bound pages. A golden New Directions sticker covers the publisher's information on the rear panel of the jacket and at the bottom of the title page. Less than 1cm of loss to the upper right corner of the contents page and to the upper right corners of pages 193 through 197, barely visible in all instances.

Queneau’s experimental masterpiece and a hallmark book of the OULIPO literary group, retells this unexceptional tale in ninety-nine exceptional ways, employing writing styles such as the sonnet and the alexandrine, onomatopoeia and more.

Translated by Barbara Wright.