Oulipo

Locus Solace: The Bizarre World of Harry Mathews

Theme:  International Thrillers Books weren’t much use, aside from a few novels, and who can trust a novelist?                               -Harry Mathews Harry Mathews is special.  Special because he is the first American to be featured on Salonica.  He achieved this status because he is the only American to be a member of the prestigious group,…

Classic Oulipo, She Said Gently

Theme: Paris Queneau the Quirky. The strange and the unique. Strange and unique. Queneau the quintessential Queneauean. And the best book to read of his to experience him in all his Queneauiness is Zazie in the Metro Whyshouldwereadhimniway? I smell a device. Yes, that’s Queneau, Raymond Queneau. Queneau was friend of de vice. Instead of…

Reading Perec

Georges Perec, a successful member of the Oulipo, penned several groundbreaking works including Life: A User’s Manual and A Void. A Void is impressive simply for the fact that Perec didn’t use the letter ‘e’, the most commonly used vowel in the French language. In honor of his efforts, the transaltors did the same –…