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Exercises in Style

Author: Queneau, Raymond, Wright, Barbara

Fiction & related items

Published on 4 September 2013 by Alma Books Ltd (Alma Classics) in the United Kingdom.

Paperback | 128 pages
198 x 131 x 12 | 148g

On a crowded bus at midday, the narrator observes one man accusing another of jostling him deliberately. When a seat is vacated, the first man takes it. Later, in another part of town, the man is spotted again, while being advised by a friend to have another button sewn onto his overcoat. Exercises in Style retells this apparently unremarkable tale ninety-nine times, employing a variety of styles, ranging from sonnet to cockney to mathematical formula. Too funny to be merely a pedantic thesis, this virtuoso set of themes and variations is a linguistic rustremover, a guide to literary forms and a demonstration of imagery and inventiveness.

Exercises in Style

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