"In Les Exercises de Style I started from a real incident, and
in the first place I told it 12 times in different ways. Then a year
later I did another 12, and finally there were 99. People have tried
to see it as an attempt to demolish literature - this was not at all
my intention. In any case my intention was merely to produce some
exercises; the finished product may possibly act as a kind of rust-remover
to literature, help to rid it of some of its scabs." Queneau,
conversation with Ribemont-Dessaignes.
- find the the Gaberboccus press edition, translated by Barbara Wright.