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The Blue Flowers (New Directions Paperbook) Paperback – April 17, 1985
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About the Author
Barbara Wright has translated several Raymond Queneau novels; indeed, as John Updike wrote in The New Yorker, she "has waltzed around the floor with the Master so many times by now that she follows his quirky French as if the steps were in English." She has also translated works by Alain Robbe-Grillet, Robert Pinget, Nathalie Sarraute, and Marguerite Duras. She lives in London.
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Top Customer Reviews
From the terrifying active Duke, the contemporary story focuses on passive Cidrolin, once wrongly convicted for a crime for which he is still persecuted by an unknown graffiti artist who daubs obscene accusations on his fence every night. Now living on a barge, drinking endless glasses of essence of fennel, he doesn't do much, giving directions to tourists, staring at construction sites or the nearby camping site.Read more ›
Is one dreaming the other? That is the basic conceit of this lavishly surreal and philosophically-rich novel.
I espeially recommend this title to readers who enjoy books by Italo Calvino, Umberto Eco & Georges Perec.
Did I mention the talking horses?
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well if you are not into queneau or his stuff you might not go for this..nice copy and well translated but pretty specialized absurd writing from a master of the genre as he would... Read morePublished on December 22, 2013 by J. craig
This is a beautiful fairy tale-esque novel that crosses centuries and temperments while writing a new history of France. Read morePublished on February 7, 2006 by Rubiao