Philip Terry, born in Belfast, is a poet, translator, and writer of fiction. He has translated the work of Georges Perec, Stéphane Mallarmé and Raymond Queneau, and is the author of the novel tapestry (Reality Street, 2013), shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize. His poetry volumes include Oulipoems, Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Dante’s Inferno, and Dictator, a version of the Epic of Gilgamesh in Globish. The Penguin Book of Oulipo, which he edited, was published in Penguin Modern Classics in 2020.
This short novel is based on the story of Edith Bone, a British writer falsely accused of spying and imprisoned in solitary confinement in Hungary in the early 1950s. She keeps herself sane by inventing numerous techniques, from reciting lists of writers in alphabetical order, to playing games using the languages she knows, to going on imaginary walks.
It is written under a modified form of the Oulipian "prisoner's constraint", in which letters with descenders (g, j, p, q, y) may not be used. In a brief Afterword, Philip Terry explains some of the background to the conception and writing of the novel.
978-1-874400-81-3 150pp 2021