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Oulipo is back: "Eunoia is the shortest word in English containing all five vowels - and it means beautiful thinking. It is also the title of Canadian poet Christian Bok's book of fiction in which each chapter uses only one vowel."


"Mr Bok believes his book proves that each vowel has its own personality, and demonstrates the flexibility of the English language."


Extracts from each chapter on the BBC.

Readers Comments

  1. Nice interview with the author of this on R4 this morning . . .

    Lee.

  2. What do you mean OuLiPo is back? Where had it been? There's no mention of the group in the link.

    It took me seven years to write this comment.

  3. Hehehe -- hiya Steve. No, no mention of OuLiPo in the link, but Bok's book (you know, I just like saying "Bok's book") was, obviously, inspired by Perec's La Disparitions...

    Anyone ever come across this, btw?

    http://www.spinelessbooks.com/gadsby/

  4. Thanks for that link to 'Gadsby', Mark, which I had thought about looking up many moons ago, but didn't. I can't think why this author didn't call his book 'That Grand Gadsby', or such. Copyright? Naughty BBC, though, not to say anything about OuLiPo - or, a fortiori, hail him that was composing 'La Disparition' (no 's', you know) so long ago. His 'What a Man' is skillful, curious and funny to top anything in Bok's book (I put that in just for you, Mark), to go by what was put out on that www.bbc.co.uk tidbit, anyway. Sic transit gloria mundi.

  5. Is this being published as fiction here? It won the Griffin Poetry Prize in Canada back in 2001 when it was first published. It took seven years to be published in the UK.

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