On a crowded bus at midday, Raymond Queneau observes one man accusing another of jostling him deliberately. When a seat is vacated, the first man appropriates it. Later, in another part of town, Queneau sees the man being advised by a friend to sew another button on his overcoat.
Exercises in Style retells this unexceptional tale ninety-nine times in ninety-nine different styles. An 'Abusive' chapter heartily deplores the events, 'Opera English' lends them grandeur. Raymond Queneau rendered Barbara Wright his 'heartiest congratulations', adding, 'I have always thought that nothing is untranslatable. Here is new proof'.
'I've loved Exercises in Style for years. This translation is impeccable, extraordinary.' Philip Pullman
|Details||Paperback: 200 pages Publisher: Oneworld Classics Ltd (1 July 2008) Language English ISBN-10: 1847490735 ISBN-13: 9781847490735 Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13 x 1.4 cm|