The Great Fire of London: A Story with Interpolations and Bifurcations

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Dalkey Archive Press, Jan 4, 2015 - Fiction - 328 pages
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Part novel, part autobiography, The Great Fire of London is one of the great literary undertakings of our time. Both exasperating and moving, cherished by its readers, it has its origins in the author's attempt to come to terms with the death of his young wife Alix, whose presence both haunts and gives meaning to every page. Having failed to write his intended novel ("The Great Fire of London"), instead Roubaud creates a book that is about that failure, but in the process opens up the world of the creative process. This novel stands as a lyrical counterpart of the great postmodern masterpieces by fellow Oulipians Georges Perec and Italo Calvino. First published by Dalkey Archive Press in 1991, now available again.

  

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Review: The Great Fire of London: A Story with Interpolations and Bifurcations

User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

This was originally published at The Scrying Orb. In his youth, Jacques Roubaud had a dream that changed his life. The dream, which was honestly little more than him getting off a train in London and ... Read full review

Review: The Great Fire of London: A Story with Interpolations and Bifurcations

User Review  - MJ Nicholls - Goodreads

Intellectual colonoscoping of the most elegant stripe. Roubaud's muted conflagration opens up a Pandora's paradigm of manners in which the prose novel (this one) can and might and will be rendered ... Read full review

Contents

The Chain
33
Prae
55
Portrait of the Absent Artist
88
Dream Decision Project
108
Nothing Doing in London
175
from Chapter 1
195
from Chapter 2
205
from Chapter 3
212
from Chapter 5
241
from Chapter 6
263
Ornamental Hermit
279
A Boston Romance
292
Fifteen Minutes at Night
304
Night
316
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About the author (2015)

Jacques Roubaud is one of France's most important contemporary writers. He has published poetry, criticism, drama, and fiction, including the novels in his Hortense series and the several autobiographical volumes continuing the The Great Fire of London project, including The Loop and Mathematics: A Novel. A prominent member of the Oulipo, he taught mathematics for many years at the Université Paris X Nanterre. He is also a prolific translator from English, having produced French versions of such classics as Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark and Edward Gorey's The Utter Zoo.

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