20th Century French experimentalist
Born in 1903 Raymond Queneau was a French novelist, poet, and playwright. He served briefly as a zouave in Algeria and Morocco between 1926 and 1927. In 1960, along with Francois Le Lionnais, he founded Ouvroir de litterature potentielle (Oulipo). He passed away in 1976.
“What makes Exercises in Style so interesting is that, though one can read it from cover to cover, it’s a book that survives and indeed triumphs simply from its sheer ambition. ”
“What makes the book compelling is seeing this same, banal tale told through a huge variety of literary styles, from science fiction to rhyme, haiku to official letter. The variety in its repetition becomes at first odd, then hilarious as more and more absurd forms are chosen.”