The Oulipo, including, Perec, Roubaud, Le Tellier & Mathews
WINTER JOURNEYS (first version)


Out of print.

In 1979, Georges Perec wrote a brief entertainment for a publisher’s catalogue, and “The Winter Journey” quickly became his most frequently reprinted short story. Set on the eve of the Second World War, it recounts the discovery of a great literary masterpiece that conceals a scandalous secret at the heart of modern French literature. Every aspect of literary history will have to be rewritten in consequence. However, the War intervenes, and the work is lost forever.

Since 1992, various members of the Oulipo have been writing sequels to this story based upon homophonic translations of its title. This book was the first in any language to collect together some of these sequels (preceding by many years the volume published by the Oulipo itself), namely those published between 1992 and 1999, their authors being: Georges Perec, Jacques Roubaud, Hervé Le Tellier, Jacques Jouet, Ian Monk, Jacques Bens, Michelle Grangaud, François Caradec, Reine Haugure and Harry Mathews.

This book was later superseded by a new version with stories published by Atlas Press in 2013. But we have a few copies of this original version (which preceded the first French version by several years) for sale to bibliophiles.

Atlas Anti-classic 11, reprinted in Anti-classic 18. There is also a signed limited edition available.

See reviews (expanded edition).

2001, ISBN: 1-900565-06-4, 160pp, paperback.
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Additional information

Weight .28 kg
Dimensions 17 × 19 cm