Harry Mathews

Harry Mathews was an American author known for his complex, genre-defying, and experimental fiction. He was associated with the Oulipo group, which is focused on using constrained writing techniques to produce literature. Mathews' works often challenge traditional narrative structures and reader expectations.


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  1. 1. Cigarettes

    "Cigarettes" is a novel that intricately weaves together the lives of a diverse group of characters, all of whom are connected by their relationship to a single object: a pack of cigarettes. Set in mid-20th century New York, the narrative explores themes of love, betrayal, and obsession. Despite the seemingly mundane nature of its central object, the story reveals the profound impact that even the most ordinary items can have on our lives.

  2. 2. Tlooth

    "Tlooth" is a surreal and experimental novel that follows a group of inmates from a Siberian prison as they embark on a global quest for revenge against a sinister doctor. The narrative, full of eccentric characters and bizarre events, unfolds in a nonlinear fashion, incorporating elements of various genres, such as science fiction, detective fiction, and adventure, as well as references to music, languages, and mathematics. The story is marked by its complex structure, playful use of language, and exploration of themes such as identity, reality, and the nature of storytelling.