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The Way Home: Selected Longer Prose

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Fiction. As the only English-speaking member of OULIPO, the School of Potential Literature, Harry Mathews has long been hailed as one of the most unique voices in American fiction writing. THE WAY HOME collects Country Cooking in Central France, perhaps the longest and most extravagant recipe ever concocted; Singular Pleasures, an unabashed chronicle of masturbation by bot ...more
Paperback, 213 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Atlas Press (GB)
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Max Nemtsov
May 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Второе издание сборника короткой прозы, сильно выигравшее от того, что один рассказ уехал на положенное ему место в "Избранных декларациях зависимости". Все тексты здесь, как и обещает издатель своим названием, - анти-классика и анти-традиция. Гениальны его микроэтюды о мастурбации и разнообразные воспоминания о Жорже Переке, а эссе об УЛиПосских принципах перевода просто великолепно и написано в духе Гая Давенпорта. Кстати, в какой-то части эти принципы совпадают с омофонными переводами Луиса З ...more
K.
Jun 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
"The Oulipo certainly can't help in an obvious way. Unless he wanted to sabotage his employer, an editor would be mad to employ an Oulipian as a translator.
A few samples will show why. As our source text, let's take a famous line from Racine's Phèdre:
C'est Vénus tout entière à sa proie attachée.
The literal sense - please be charitable - is, "Here is Venus unreservedly fastened to her prey."
First translation: I saw Alice jump highest - I, on silly crutches. Explanation: a rule of measure has be
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Lance Grabmiller
Sep 02, 2009 rated it liked it
An uneven collection which gets better as it chugs along. Reaches brilliance with the Armenian Papers (and perhaps The Orchard) and ends on the rather straightforward Autobiography. Worth those few things alone, though I am curious now to move on to the larger novels for which he is known and writes about within some of these works. Atlas Press never disappoints though this volume is perhaps of peripheral interest to most.
Ella
Feb 22, 2010 rated it liked it
smart solid collection, especially the armenian papers: imagining a new english translation of a collection of medieval latin poems, of which no original exists, only an artistically interpretive 19C italian translation.
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Harry Mathews was an American author of various novels, volumes of poetry and short fiction, and essays.

Together with John Ashbery, James Schuyler, and Kenneth Koch, Mathews founded and edited the short-lived but influential literary journal Locus Solus (named after a novel by Raymond Roussel, one of Mathews's chief early influences) from 1961 to 1962.

Harry Mathews was the first American chosen fo
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