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Mathews, Harry 1930-2017

Works: 352 works in 781 publications in 12 languages and 10,750 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Spy fiction  Diary fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Diaries  Biography  Experimental fiction  Poetry  Action and adventure fiction  Code and cipher stories 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Creator, Publisher, Printer, Other, Narrator, Correspondent, Bibliographic antecedent, Interviewee, Inscriber
Classifications: PS3563.A8359, 813.54
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The laurels of Lake Constance by Marie Chaix( )

5 editions published between 1977 and 2012 in English and held by 960 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
Silences, or a woman's life by Marie Chaix( )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 768 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
Cigarettes : a novel by Harry Mathews( Book )

33 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 629 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 )

26 editions published between 1972 and 2000 in English and held by 599 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
The conversions by Harry Mathews( Book )

36 editions published between 1960 and 1999 in 5 languages and held by 463 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At a dinner party hosted by a wealthy New Yorker, a guest receives a gold adze, the coveted prize in a worm race. When the man dies the next day, he bequeaths, according to a stipulation in his will, the bulk of his fortune to the adze's possessor, provided he answer three mysterious questions relating to the artifact's history. In his search the owner encounters a menagerie of eccentric personalities: an ancient revolutionary in a Parisian prison, a ludicrous pair of gibberish-speaking brothers, and customs officials who spend their time reading contraband materials. He soon finds himself immersed in the centuries-long history of a persecuted religious sect and in an odyssey that begins in a forgotten fog-covered town in Scotland and ends on the ocean floor off the coast of an uncharted French island."--BOOK JACKET
The journalist : a novel by Harry Mathews( Book )

14 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and French and held by 412 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
My life in CIA : a chronicle of 1973 by Harry Mathews( Book )

8 editions published in 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 396 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 human country : new and collected stories by Harry Mathews( Book )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 369 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
Singular pleasures by Harry Mathews( Book )

23 editions published between 1983 and 2005 in 5 languages and held by 328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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"53 jours" : roman by Georges Perec( Book )

22 editions published between 1989 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"'53 jours' est le roman auquel Georges Perec travaillait au moment de sa mort, survenue le 3 mars 1982. Le livre est publié ici integralement, dans une édition établie par Harry Matthews et Jacques Roubaud. Il comprend, d'une part, ce que Georges Perec avait déjà rédigé et qui recouvre onze des vingt-huit chapitres prévus; d'autre part, un abondant dossier de notes et de brouillons laissés par l'auteur, permettant le déchiffrement du reste du livre. Il a par ailleurs été prélevé dans les notes concernant les dix-sept derniers chapitres celles qui étaient susceptibles de permettre aiux lecteurs passionnés par la narration du reconstituer l'ensemble de l'histoire"--Publisher's description, p. [4] of cover
The solitary twin : a novel by Harry Mathews( Book )

4 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of two young men who come to a picturesque beach town. Seen prismatically through the viewpoints of the town's residents, they offer a variety of worldviews. Yet are they really twins or a single person?
Armenian papers : poems, 1954-1984 by Harry Mathews( Book )

9 editions published between 1986 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

53 days : a novel by Georges Perec( Book )

5 editions published between 1992 and 2015 in English and held by 265 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 case of the persevering Maltese : collected essays by Harry Mathews( Book )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 243 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
Oulipo compendium by Harry Mathews( Book )

15 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in English and French and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A late 20th-century kabala, a labyrinth of literary secrets that will lure the uninitiated into rethinking everything they know about books and writing. The definitive encyclopedia of contemporary word-magic
Oulipo compendium( Book )

3 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in English and held by 161 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."--Jacket
Selected declarations of dependence by Harry Mathews( Book )

9 editions published between 1977 and 1996 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

4 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 143 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 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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My life in CIA : a chronicle of 1973
TloothThe sinking of the Odradek Stadium and other novelsThe conversionsThe journalist : a novelMy life in CIA : a chronicle of 1973The human country : new and collected storiesSingular pleasuresArmenian papers : poems, 1954-1984
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

Mathews, Harry, 1930-

Metyus, Hari 1930-

Metyus, Hari 1930-2017

Гарри Мэттьюс

הארי מאתיוס

הארי מאתיוס סופר אמריקאי

מתיוס, הרי 1930-

هری متیوز


マシューズ, ハリー