One Hundred Twenty-One Days (Paperback)
Deep Vellum Publishing, 9781941920329, 184pp.
Publication Date: May 17, 2016
Longlisted for the 2017 PEN Translation Prize
One of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2016
One of Words Without Borders' Picks for "Favorite International Reads of 2016"
"...rich, tragic, yet playful novel..." -- Nancy Kline, New York Times Book Review
"Formally dazzling, playful and affecting, a new Oulipian classic." -- Lauren Elkin, author of Fl neuse and The End of Oulipo?
This debut novel by mathematician and Oulipo member Mich le Audin retraces the lives of French mathematicians over several generations through World Wars I and II. The narrative oscillates stylistically from chapter to chapter--at times a novel, fable, historical research, or a diary--locking and unlocking codes, culminating in a captivating, original reading experience.
Mich le Audin is the author of several works of mathematical theory and history and also published a work on her anticolonialist father's torture, disappearance, and execution by the French during the Battle of Algiers.