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The Great Fire of London : A Story with Interpolations and Bifurcations - Jacques Roubaud

The Great Fire of London

A Story with Interpolations and Bifurcations

Paperback Published: 29th June 2016
ISBN: 9781564783967
Number Of Pages: 328
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Part novel and part autobiography, The Great Fire of London is one of the great literary undertakings of the last fifty years. At various times exasperating, daunting, moving, dazzling, and challenging, it has its origins in Jacques Roubaud's attempt to come to terms with the death of his young wife Alix, whose presence both haunts and gives meaning to every page. Having failed to write his intended novel ("The Great Fire of London"), instead he creates a book that is about that failure, but in the process opens up the world of the creative process, which is at once an attempt to bring order to his ravaged personal life and to construct an intricate literary project that functions according to strict rules, one of them being the palindrome. Roubaud's novel stands as a lyrical counterpart to those great postmodern masterpieces by fellow Oulipian writers Georges Perec (Life: A User's Manual) and Italo Calvino (If on a Winter's Night a Traveler).

A supremely human work, born of the spirited integrity of a rare mind out of the multiform experiences of a body capable of intense torment and delight. The Independent Jacques Roubaud has finally produced the book that his great and varied talent had always promised... a beautifully controlled examination of the effect on him of his wife's death and of the failure of his literary ambitions. -- Gabriel Josipovici The Independent

ISBN: 9781564783967
ISBN-10: 1564783960
Series: French Literature Series
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 29th June 2016
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.57
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 3

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