Raymond Queneau





Raymond Queneau


Born
in Le Havre, France
February 21, 1903

Died
October 25, 1976

Genre

Influences


Queneau was born in Le Havre in 1903 and went to Paris when he was 17. For some time he joined André Breton's Surrealist group, but after only a brief stint he dissociated himself. Now, seeing Queneau's work in retrospect, it seems inevitable. The Surrealists tried to achieve a sort of pure expression from the unconscious, without mediation of the author's self-aware "persona." Queneau's texts, on the contrary, are quite deliberate products of the author's conscious mind, of his memory, his intentionality.
Although Queneau's novels give an impression of enormous spontaneity, they were in fact painstakingly conceived in every small detail. He even once remarked that he simply could not leave to hazard the task of determining the number of cha
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“Being or nothing, that is the question. Ascending, descending, coming, going, a man does so much that in the end he disappears.”
Raymond Queneau, Zazie in the Metro

“La vie? Un rien l'amène, un rien l'anime, un rien la mine, un rien l'emmène.”
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