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With respect to the former, the authors' "poison" is Oulipianism, which derives from the French acronym for Ouvroir de Litterature Potentielle or "Workshop of Potential Literature." Hence the book's subtitle.
We are put on notice early in this novel that "an attentive reader will always learn more, and more quickly, from good authors than from life." Lest we imagine that Le Tellier makes such a remark in an exclusively self-serving perspective, he peppers his text with allusions to other good authors, principally but not exclusively his colleagues in the Ouvroir de Litterature Potentielle (Oulipo), an effect that brings another consideration to the fore.
Founded in 1960, the Ouvroir de Litterature Potentielle can congratulate itself, should that suit its mood, upon forty-five years of uninterrupted activity.
Founded in 1960 by the Surrealist-influenced writer Raymond Queneau and mathematician Francois Le Lionnais, the Ouvroir de Litterature Potentielle (or Workshop for Potential Literature) devised experiments that, paradoxically, seek to liberate expression by imposing limitations.
During his lifetime, Duchamp was peripherally associated with the Parisian writers' group OuLiPo (Ouvroir de Litterature Potentielle or Workshop for Potential Literature), with whom he shared a taste for elaborate puns and the playful deployment of pedantry.
OuLiPo (in full Ouvroir de Litterature Potentielle; "Workshop of Potential Literature") A group of French writers active in the 1970s whose aim was to generate new literary forms and to rejuvenate poetic language through experimentation with linguistic games.
He borrows the construct announced in his title from the Ouvroir de Litterature Potentielle (or "Oulipo'), a group of literary experimentalists based in Paris, founded in 1960 by Raymond Queneau and Francois Le Lionnais.
L'Ouvroir de Litterature Potentielle, OULIPO, a un but: la Potentialite, inscrit dans son nom meme.
In 1967 he joined the Ouvroir de Litterature Potentielle (Workshop of Potential Literature).
FROM NOVEMBER 2000 THROUGH JUNE 2003, Paul Fournel, a distinguished French writer and member of the Ouvroir de Litterature Potentielle (OULIPO), lived and worked in Cairo.