Odile

Odile

by Raymond Queneau
     
 

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First published in France in 1937, this brilliant, moving novel is about the devastating psychological effects of war, about falling in love, about politics subverting human relationships, and about life in Paris during the early 1930s amid intellecturals and artists whose activities range from writing for radical magazines to conjuring the ghost of Lenin in

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First published in France in 1937, this brilliant, moving novel is about the devastating psychological effects of war, about falling in love, about politics subverting human relationships, and about life in Paris during the early 1930s amid intellecturals and artists whose activities range from writing for radical magazines to conjuring the ghost of Lenin in seances. Raymond Queneau (1903-1976) has been one of the most powerful forces in shaping the direction of French fiction in the past fifty years. His other novels includes The Last Days, Pierrot Mon Ami, and Saint Glinglin.

Editorial Reviews

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"A marvelous sendup of the Surrealists of the late 1920s and early 1930s as well as a moving love story....Both a madcap roman a clef... and a parable about the search for spiritual equilibrium and human meaning." --Kirkus

Dalkey Archive Press

"Written in a cool detached style, full of witticisms and puns, this is Queneau at his most accessible."-- PW

Dalkey Archive Press

Albert Camus
Raymond Queneau's books are ambiguous fairylands in which scenes of everyday life are mingled with a melancholy that is ageless. Though they are not without bitterness, their author seems always to set his face against conclusions, and to be moved by a kind of horror of seriousness.
Picayune New Orleans Times
How can anyone not love Queneau?
SmallPress
All in all, Odile is an extraordinary production, a book to be treasured.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
One of the author's early works, this charming, semi-autobiographical novel was written before Queneau developed the highly intellectualized style that became his trademark. Like Queneau, who became involved with the Surrealists in the mid-'20s after military service in North Africa, the narrator, Roland Travy, joins a group headed by a flamboyant individual named Anglares (a disguised portrait of surrealist Andre Breton). Queneau takes deliciously funny stabs at his ``fellow revolutionaries of the unconscious,'' describing their flirtation with communism and, ultimately, Travy's break with the group. In the meantime, Travy marries Odile, a sunny but flakey young woman from a similar bourgeois background, but their relationship is too bizarre even for the Surrealists. Written in a cool detached style, full of witticisms and puns, this is Queneau at his most accessible. (Dec.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564782090
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Series:
French Literature Series
Pages:
119
Sales rank:
836,409
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Raymond Queneau (1903-1976) is acknowledged as one of the most influential of modern French writers, having helped determine the shape of twentieth-century French literature, especially in his role with the Oulipo, a group of authors that includes Italo Calvino, Georges Perec, and Harry Mathews, among others.

Sanders is Professor of French, Department of Linguistic and International Studies, University of Surrey.

Sanders is Professor of French, Department of Linguistic and International Studies, University of Surrey.

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