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    Exercises in Style (Paperback) By (author) Raymond Queneau, Translated by Barbara Wright

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    DescriptionOn 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.

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    Exercises in Style
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Raymond Queneau, Translated by Barbara Wright
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 131 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 12 mm
    Weight: 150 g
    ISBN 13: 9781847492418
    ISBN 10: 184749241X

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC E4L: CLA
    BIC subject category V2: FC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004150
    DC23: 848.91207
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    Illustrations note
    Alma Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Alma Classics
    Publication date
    04 September 2013
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    Author Information
    Raymond Queneau (1903 - 76) was a poet, novelist, editor, scholar and mathematician. He is best remembered for Exercises in Style and Zazie in the Metro.
    Review quote
    'Witty, playful, ingenious, it manages to transcend its own sophistication by a sort of verbal slapstick which Miss Wright translated into pure Groucho Marxism.' The Guardian