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Queneau, Raymond

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1903-1976) French author, active from about 1920 and a founder member of the Oulipo movement, whose parodic (sometimes harum-scarum) poems and novels occasionally reconstruct mimetic forms into examples of Fantastika, light-heartedly. Pierrot mon Amour (1942; trans J Maclaren-Ross as Pierrot 1950) is particularly fantasticated. Of some interest is Saint Glinglin (1948; trans James Sallis 1993), a slapdash Rabelaisian Utopia set in an imaginary City called Home Town (see Absurdist SF). He published one short study of interest: "Un nouveau genre littéraire: les sciences-fictions" ["A New Literary Genre: SF"] (1951 Critique). His multiple-choice short story "Un conte â votre façon" ["A Story As You Like It"] (July 1967 Le nouvel observateur) anticipated the 1980s popularity of interactive Gamebooks. [JC/DRL]

see also: Choose Your Own Adventure; France.

Raymond Queneau

born Le Havre, France: 21 February 1903

died Paris: 25 October 1976


  • Le Chiendent (Paris: Gallimard, 1933) [binding unknown/]
    • The Bark Tree (London: Calder and Boyars, 1968) [trans by Barbara Wright of the above: hb/]
  • Pierrot mon Amour (Paris: Gallimard, 1942) [binding unknown/]
    • Pierrot (London: John Lehmann, 1950) [trans by J Maclaren-Ross of the above: hb/Marie Laure]
  • Saint Glinglin (Paris: Gallimard, 1948) [binding unknown/]
    • Saint Glinglin (Elmwood Park, Illinois: Dalkey Archive Press, 1993) [trans by James Sallis of the above: hb/]


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