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  • Published: 19 January 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241378458
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 592
  • RRP: $22.99

The Penguin Book of Oulipo

Queneau, Perec, Calvino and the Adventure of Form




A celebration of one of the most curious and playful literary groups of the twentieth century

Brought together for the first time, here are 100 pieces of 'Oulipo' writing, celebrating the literary group who revelled in maths problems, puzzles, trickery, wordplay and conundrums. Featuring writers including Georges Perec, Raymond Queneau and Italo Calvino, it includes poems, short stories, word games and even recipes. Alongside these famous Oulipians, are 'anticipatory' wordsmiths who crafted language via unusual constraints and literary tricks, from Jonathan Swift to Lewis Carroll.

Philip Terry's playful selection will appeal to lovers of word games, puzzles and literary delights.

  • Published: 19 January 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241378458
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 592
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Philip Terry

Philip Terry was born in Belfast in 1962, and educated at Colchester and the Universities of Leeds and Sussex. He has taught in France and now lives in Exeter and lectures at the University of Plymouth. His novel, The Book of Bachelors, was recently published in the United States.

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