Raymond Queneau—polyglot, novelist, philosopher, poet, mathematician, screenwriter, and translator—was one of the most significant figures in twentieth-century French letters. His work touches on many of the major literary movements of his lifetime, from surrealism to the experimental school of the nouveau roman. He also founded the Oulipo, a collection of writers and mathematicians dedicated to the search for artificial inspiration via the application of constraint.
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This posthumously published collection of short prose pieces, as unclassifiable a book as any the accomplished French surrealist-mathematician-polymath (1903–76) ever produced, offers whimsically learned pleasures similar to those encountered in such quintessentially Queneauvian texts as The Sund...| Read Full Review of Stories and Remarks (French M...