Wednesday, March 16, 2011

New Arrival: The Oulipo Compendium Has Arrived!

Oulipo Compendium
Paperback, Edited by Harry Mathews and Alastair Brotchie
Revised & Updated
Finally Here!

Pretty damn excited to have this back in the shop!

"Make Now Press of Los Angeles and Atlas Press of London released a revised and updated edition of the Oulipo Compendium in November 2005 in a limited edition print run of 1,000 copies to be released from Los Angeles and 1,000 copies to be released from London. The Oulipo Compendium is a dictionary of mathematical constraints used in the composition of literature. The Oulipo’s foremost concern has been to devise formal constraints and compose a few examples of each for the express purpose of pointing to the potential these formalisms create. Oulipian constraints have been responsible for some of the most original works of literature ever produced." -Make Now Press

What do Marcel Duchamp and Italo Calvino have in common? The Oulipo, or Ouvroir de Littérature Potentielle. This “Workshop for Potential Literature” was founded by Raymond Queneau and friends in 1960 to find out how abstract restrictions could be combined with imaginative writing (as in Georges Perec’s celebrated novel written without the letter e). Still formidably active, the Oulipo is now recognised as the most original, productive and provocative literary enterprise to appear since the last war. This Compendium is the first comprehensive survey of the group in any language. It includes extensive selections from the work of Oulipians, analyses of their important works, and descriptions of their methods. Further sections cover related groups working in the fields of art, detective fiction, comic strips, even cuisine. A vital resource for creativity in all areas!" -Atlas Press

"Oulipo Compendium is a late 20th-century kabala, a labyrinth of literary secrets that will lure the unitiated into rethinking everything they know about books and writing. A nutty, one-of-a-kind book, the definitive encyclopaedia of contemporary word-magic." PAUL AUSTER

"An indispensable book for everyone who cares about literature." SUSAN SONTAG

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