Saint Glinglin is a tragicomic masterpiece, a novel that critic Vivian Mercier said “can be mentioned without incongruity in the company” of Mann's Magic Mountain and Joyce's Ulysses. “By turns strange, beautiful, ludicrous, and intellectually stimulating” (as Mercier goes on to say), Saint Glinglin retells the primal Freudian myth of sons killing the father in an array of styles ranging from direct narrative, soliloquy, and interior monologue to quasi-biblical verse.
In this strange tale of a land where it never rains, where a bizarre festival is held every Saint Glinglin's Day, Queneau deploys fractured syntax, hidden structures, self-imposed constraints, playful allusions, and puns and neologisms to explore the most basic concepts of culture. In the process, Queneau satirizes anthropology, folklore, philosophy, and epistemology, all the while spinning a story as appealing as a fairy tale.
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.
James Sallis after attending Tulane University, moved to London in the mid-60s and edited the legendary magazine New Worlds. Author of the much acclaimed Lew Griffin novels, his shorter work continues to be published regularly in literary journals such as" Poetry East", "The Ohio Review, " "High Plains Literary Review", "Washington Post Book World", and" Boston Review".