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Mathews, Harry 1930-2017

Works: 308 works in 705 publications in 12 languages and 10,396 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Spy stories  Diary fiction  Diaries  Biography  Poetry  Action and adventure fiction  Code and cipher stories  Periodicals 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Publisher, Creator, Printer, Narrator, Inscriber, Bibliographic antecedent, Interviewee, Other, Correspondent
Classifications: PS3563.A8359, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Harry Mathews
Cigarettes : a novel by Harry Mathews( Book )

31 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 631 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Cigarettes is a novel about the rich and powerful, tracing their complicated relationships from the 1930s to the 1960s, from New York City to Upper New York State. Though nothing is as simple as it might appear to be, we could describe this as a story about Allen, who is married to Maud but having an affair with Elizabeth, who lives with Maud. Or say it is a story about fraud in the art world, horse racing, and sexual intrigues. Or, as one critic did, compare it to a Jane Austen creation, or to an Aldous Huxley novel - and be right and wrong on both counts."--Jacket
Tlooth by Harry Mathews( Book )

32 editions published between 1966 and 1999 in French and English and held by 616 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This novel begins in a Russian prison camp at a baseball game featuring the defective Baptists versus the Fideists. There is a plot (of sorts), one of revenge surrounding a doctor who, in removing a bone spur from our narrator, manages to amputate a ring and index finger, a significant surgical error considering that the narrator is, or was, a violinist." "When Dr. Roak is released from prison, our narrator escapes in order to begin the pursuit, and thus begins a digressive journey from Afghanistan to Venice, then on to India and Morocco and France. All of this takes place amid Mathews's fictional concern and play with games, puzzles, arcana, and stories within stories."--Jacket
The sinking of the Odradek Stadium and other novels by Harry Mathews( Book )

31 editions published between 1972 and 2000 in English and French and held by 615 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Composed of a series of letters between a husband and wife, the Sinking of the Odradek Stadium is a comedy about love and longing, dashed hopes and frustrations, and trying to make connections. Newly wedded Zachary McCaltex (a librarian from Miami) and Twang Panattapam (originally from the Southeast-Asian country of Pan-Nam, but residing in Italy) try to trace the whereabouts of a treasure supposedly lost off the coast of Florida in the sixteenth century, even while they navigate a relationship separated by an ocean as well as by their different cultures. In the end, the postal service may be responsible for what gets lost (including Zachary's sanity) along the way."--Jacket
"53 jours" : roman by Georges Perec( Book )

25 editions published between 1989 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 573 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The narrator of this posthumous novel investigates the disappearance of a famous French crime writer. The only clues he has are codes in a manuscript. A half-finished novel completed by its editors
The conversions by Harry Mathews( Book )

32 editions published between 1960 and 1999 in 4 languages and held by 430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

My life in CIA : a chronicle of 1973 by Harry Mathews( Book )

6 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through a series of improbable coincidences, in the early 1970s Harry Mathews, then living in Paris, was commonly reputed to be a CIA agent. Even his closest friends had their suspicions, which were only reinforced each time he tried to deny such a connection. With growing frustration at his inability to make anyone believe him, Mathews decided to act the part
The journalist : a novel by Harry Mathews( Book )

14 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and French and held by 398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A man is told by his doctor to start keeping a diary, it could cure his depressions. The patient follows the advice and in no time he is off pills. Only now he becomes addicted to his journal, fretting and fussing as he organizes and re-organizes the entries. By the author of Singular Pleasures
The laurels of Lake Constance by Marie Chaix( Book )

4 editions published between 1977 and 2012 in English and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Marie Chaix loves her father Albert, who was one of the first French citizens to join the Fascist party in 1936 and became a collaborator with the Germans, but must come to terms with his catastrophic political career
The human country : new and collected stories by Harry Mathews( Book )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Human Country collects all of Mathews's shorter fiction, including the early stories from Country Cooking, the mid-career stories from The American Experience, and ten recent, previously uncollected pieces that are every bit as brilliant and surprising. These stories include "The Broadcast," in which the narrator learns from a radio program that everything he needs in life should fit into one sock; "Clocking the World on Cue," an Oulipian story that employs the centuries-old literary form of the Chronogram; and "Calibration of Latitude," which follows Sir Joseph Pernican on a meandering and seemingly aimless journey (through the city and through his imagination) that in the end proves not aimless at all, but rather - like all of Mathews's work - purposeful and deeply moving."--Jacket
Oulipo compendium by Harry Mathews( Book )

20 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in English and French and held by 330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What do Marcel Duchamp and Italo Calvino have in common? The Oulipo, or Ouvroir de litterature potentielle. Raymond Queneau and Francois Le Lionnais founded their "Workshop for Potential Literature" in 1960 to find out how abstract restrictions could be combined with imaginative writing (as in Georges Perec's notorious novel written without the letter e.) Still formidably active, the Oulipo is now recognised as the most original, productive and provocative literary enterprise to appear since the last war. This Compendium is the first comprehensive survey of the group in any language and it includes, as well as biographical, bibliographical and theoretical information: a complete translation of Queneau's 100,000,000,000,000 Poems, the work that led to the Oulipo's creation; Jacques Roubaud's extensive account of Oulipian history and practice; full documentation of Oulipian writing techniques, with translated or original examples, many of them full-length works; analyses of important Oulipian works, such as Perec's Life A User's Manual, and Calvino's If on a Winter's Night a Traveller." "Briefer sections are devoted to related groups, among them: The Oupeinpo (potential painting) and its many creative techniques, most of them illustrated; the Oulipopo (potential detective fiction) and its array of methods for inventing and solving crimes; the Oubapo (potential comic strips) and its new ways to combine drawing and text." "The Oulipo Compendium abounds in material for writers, teachers and scholars; it also offers a cornucopia of entertainment for curious readers."--BOOK JACKET
Singular pleasures by Harry Mathews( Book )

21 editions published between 1983 and 2005 in 5 languages and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Armenian papers : poems, 1954-1984 by Harry Mathews( Book )

7 editions published between 1986 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The case of the persevering Maltese : collected essays by Harry Mathews( Book )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A companion to The Human Country: New and Collected Stories, this volume contains all of Harry Mathews's nonfiction. These astonishing essays cover a wide range of literary topics, including discussion of complex musical forms and Oulipian techniques, to insightful commentaries on the works of Lewis Carroll, Raymond Roussel, Italo Calvino, Joseph McElroy, and Georges Perec. Throughout the collection Mathews examines the relationship between form and literature in a lucid, intimate voice, arguing with intelligence, grace, and humor for the importance of artifice."--Publisher's description
Silences, or a woman's life by Marie Chaix( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A woman falls into a coma. During this final voyage through the fog, the narrator attempts to recover the vivacious woman she knew before this illness: the mad lover, the romantic spouse, the musician who sacrificed her dreams to the reality of life with her husband
Selected declarations of dependence by Harry Mathews( Book )

8 editions published between 1977 and 1996 in English and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oulipo laboratory : texts from the Bibliothèque oulipienne by Oulipo (Association)( Book )

4 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stories by French writers belonging to a club which seeks a relationship between writing and mathematics. A post-surrealist exercise, presented in prose and poetry
Trial impressions by Harry Mathews( Book )

6 editions published between 1977 and 1978 in English and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Country cooking and other stories by Harry Mathews( Book )

6 editions published between 1980 and 1991 in French and English and held by 121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Locus solus( )

in English and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Immeasurable distances : the collected essays by Harry Mathews( Book )

3 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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My life in CIA : a chronicle of 1973
Alternative Names
Harry Mathews Amerikaans vertaler

Harry Mathews amerikai író

Harry Mathews écrivain américain

Harry Mathews pisarz amerykański

Harry Mathews US-amerikanischer Autor

Harry Mathews usona aŭtoro

Metyus, Hari 1930-

Гарри Мэттьюс

הארי מאתיוס

מתיוס, הרי 1930-

マシューズ, ハリー

TloothThe sinking of the Odradek Stadium and other novels"53 jours" : romanThe conversionsMy life in CIA : a chronicle of 1973The journalist : a novelThe human country : new and collected storiesOulipo compendium