Witch Grass

Witch Grass Cover

Witch Grass

By Raymond Queneau; Barbara Wright (Translator); Barbara Wright (Introduction by)

New York Review of Books, Paperback, 9781590170311, 328pp.

Publication Date: January 31, 2003

Description
Seated in a Paris cafe, a man glimpses another man, a shadowy figure hurrying for the train: Who is he? he wonders, How does he live? And instantly the shadow comes to life, precipitating a series of comic run-ins among a range of disreputable and heartwarming characters living on the sleazy outskirts of the city of lights. "Witch Grass" (previously titled "The Bark Tree") is a philosophical farce, an epic comedy, a mesmerizing book about the daily grind that is an enchantment itself.


About the Author
Raymond Queneau (1903-1976) is acknowledged as one of the most influential of modern French writers, having helped determine the shape of twentieth-century French literature, especially in his role with the Oulipo, a group of authors that includes Italo Calvino, Georges Perec, and Harry Mathews, among others.



Barbara Wright, a novelist and screenwriter,
lives in Kansas City, Missouri.