Frederic Tuten

Frederic Tuten (b. 1935) and grew up in the Bronx, studied pre-Columbian art in Mexico, and lived for years in Brazil, Paris, Italy, and Berlin. He has been an essayist, news correspondent, and film reviewer for the New York Times, Vogue, Artforum, and Art in America. The author of five novels, his work has been admired by Susan Sontag, John Updike, Jonathan Coe, Richard Howard, Iris Murdoch, Harry Mathews, Julián Ríos, and even the great literary gamester Raymond Queneau. For fifteen years Tuten directed the Graduate Programme in Literature, Creative Writing, at the City College of New York, where he continues to give seminars in fiction writing. He has mentored some of America’s most impressive creative writers, including Oscar Hijuelos and Walter Mosley. Tuten is a Guggenheim Fellow in Creative Writing and was awarded the prestigious DAAD fellowship. He lives in New York.

The Adventures of Mao on the Long March

Fiction by Frederic Tuten

With a contribution by John Updike

An icon of literature as American Pop Art, Frederic Tuten’s Adventures of Mao on the Long March is a triumphantly witty and subversive novel. The New York Times called it “almost too good to be true.” Tuten’s deadpan textbook narrative of Mao’s Long March is peppered with loving parodies of Hemingway, Kerouac, Dos Passos, and Malamud. As John Updike comments, the book includes “twenty-seven pages of straight history of the Long March (October 1934-October 1935), done in a neutral, factual tone, as by a fellow-traveling Readers Digest…thirty-six and a half pages of quotations in quotation marks…and twenty-six pages of what might be considered normal novelistic substance—imaginary encounters and conversation.…
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Exercises in Style: 65th Anniversary Edition

On a crowded bus at midday, Raymond Queneau observes one man accusing another of jostling him deliberately. When a seat is vacated, the first man appropriates it. Later, in another part of town, Queneau sees the man being advised by a friend to sew a new button on his overcoat. Exercises in Style, Queneu’s experimental masterpiece and a hallmark book of the OULIPO literary group, retells this unexceptional tale in ninety-nine exceptional ways, employing writing styles such as the sonnet and the alexandrine, onomatopoeia and even Cockney.…
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