Not One Day

Written by Anne Garréta | Translated by Emma Ramadan
Deep Vellum Publishing | April 11th, 2017

Not One Day, winner of the prestigious Prix Médicis, begins with the maxim: "Not one day without a woman." What follows is renowned Oulipo member Anne Garréta's intimate, erotic, and sometimes bitter collection of memories, written under strict constrains, with each chapter written each day describing a past lover or love, exploring the interaction between memory, fantasy and desire.

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REVIEWS

"Not One Day is a novel both fluid and complex, crowded and lonely, and rooted in an uncomfortable position." - Eva Domeneghini

"A master of thought and language, an astounding authority and elegance." - Anne Serre, Marie Claire

"Winner of the Prix Medicis, this intense collection of Garréta's memories of past loves - written under strict Oulipian constraints - is at times at once tender, bitter and intimate." - Literary Hub


Anne Garréta is the first memeber of the Oulipo to be born after the founding of the Oulipo. A normalien (graduate of France's prestigious Ecole normale supérieure) who teaches at Duke University as a Research Professor of Literature and Romance Studies. Her first novel, Sphinx, hailed by critics, tells a love story between two people without giving any indication of grammatical gender for the narrator or the narrator's love interest, A***. Her second novel, Ciels liquides, told the fate of a character losing the use of language. In La Décomposition, a serial killer methodically murders characters from Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time. She  met Oulipian Jacques Roubaud in 1993, and her latest novel translated is Not One Day, Deep Vellum Publishing.

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