Odile

Raymond Queneau, Author, Carol Sanders, Designed by Dalkey Archive Press $19.95 (119p) ISBN 978-0-916583-34-7
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.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1989
Release date: 01/01/1989
Paperback - 978-2-07-072547-2
Paperback - 119 pages - 978-1-56478-209-0
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