Exercises in Style

Exercises in Style

Raymond Queneau

Literature & Fiction / Poetry

The plot of Exercises in Style is simple: a man gets into an argument with another passenger on a bus. However, this anecdote is told 99 more times, each in a radically different style, as a sonnet, an opera, in slang, and with many more permutations. This virtuoso set of variations is a linguistic rust-remover, and a guide to literary forms.
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Bark Tree

Bark Tree

Raymond Queneau

Literature & Fiction / Poetry

Seated in a Paris cafe, a man glimpses another man, a shadowy figure hurrying to the train. Who is he? he wonders, and how does he live? Instantly the shadow comes to life, precipitating a series of hilarious encounters involving a range of disreputable and heartwarming characters that prove as incredible as real life. The Bark Tree is an enchantment itself. A supreme example of the novel poem. Claude Simonnet
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