One Hundred Twenty-One Days

One Hundred Twenty-One Days


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Longlisted for the 2017 PEN Translation Prize

One of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2016

One of Words Without Borders' Picks for "Favorite International Reads of 2016"

", tragic, yet playful novel..." — Nancy Kline, New York Times Book Review

"Formally dazzling, playful and affecting, a new Oulipian classic." — Lauren Elkin, author of Flâneuse and The End of Oulipo?

This debut novel by mathematician and Oulipo member Michèle Audin retraces the lives of French mathematicians over several generations through World Wars I and II. The narrative oscillates stylistically from chapter to chapter—at times a novel, fable, historical research, or a diary—locking and unlocking codes, culminating in a captivating, original reading experience.

Michèle Audin is the author of several works of mathematical theory and history and also published a work on her anticolonialist father's torture, disappearance, and execution by the French during the Battle of Algiers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941920329
Publisher: Deep Vellum Publishing
Publication date: 05/03/2016
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Michèle Audin is a mathematician and a professor at l’Institut de recherche mathématique avancée (IRMA) in Strasbourg, where she does research notably in the area of symplectic geometry. Audin is a member of the Oulipo, and is the author of many works of mathematics and the history of mathematics, and has also published a work of creative nonfiction on the disappearance of her father, Une vie brève (Gallimard, 2013), contributed to a collection of short stories, Georges Perec and the Oulipo: Winter Journeys (Atlas Press, 2013), and edited and annotated an abecedary of Oulipo works, OULIPO L’Abécédaire provisoirement définitif (Larousse, 2014). One Hundred Twenty-One Days is her first novel and was published to universal acclaim in 2014 by the prestigious Gallimard publishing house in France.

Christiana Hills is a literary translator who graduated from NYU's MA program in Literary Translation, and is currently a doctoral candidate in Translation Studies at Binghamton University in New York.

Table of Contents

I A Childhood (1900s) 5

II Diary of Marguerite Janvier (1916-1917) 13

III One Poly technician, Three Murders, Twenty-Two Articles (1917-1939) 31

IV Strasbourg 1939, (transcription of an interview with Pierre Meyer, November 2006) 51

V Journal of Heinrich Kiirz (Paris, 1942) 61

VI The Form of a City… (N., 1943-2005) 81

VII Trip to N. (notes from the gray notebook, 2005) 89

VIII One Hundred Twenty-One Days 97

IX The Numbers 119

X The Binder (notes 2006-2010) 125

XI The Form of a City… (Paris, April 25, 2013) 145

Supernumerary Chapter (Paris-Strasbourg, 2009-2013) 157

Index of Proper Names 161

Translator's Note 170

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