Raymond Queneau, Exercises in Style
The story of a minor brawl in a Paris bus, told in 99 different ways. 1958. First English translation and preface by Barbara Wright. 'It is a sharp, inspired exploration into the possibilities of language and the functioning of its styles.' 'Perhaps the purest work of literature in existence...' - The Times Literary Supplement. Drawings of 97 initials and two permutations of the author's photograph (one on the dustjacket) are by Stefan Themerson.