The Anomaly reviewed

Now online (£): my review for the Irish Times of the million-selling, Prix Goncourt-winning novel The Anomaly by Hervé Le Tellier, which is just published in Adriana Hunter’s English language translation by Michael Joseph.

Le Tellier is a mathematician and current president of celebrated experimental writers group Oulipo (the Ouvroir de littérature potentielle, or ‘Workshop of potential literature’). Its members, including Georges Perec (1936–1982), have been applying mathematical and scientific ideas to writing since 1960. In scientific terms, Le Tellier himself describes The Anomaly as a ‘thought experiment’, but if so it’s one that he pulls off with a rare lightness and aplomb.

Irish Times


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