Raymond Federman

Raymond Federman (1928–2009) was a French-American writer and academic, known for his experimental and playful style of fiction, often classified as 'surfiction'. His works often reflect his experiences as a Jewish child during World War II and his later emigration to the United States. He was also a scholar of Samuel Beckett and a proponent of innovative literature.


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  1. 1. Double Or Nothing

    "Double Or Nothing" is an experimental novel that explores the life of a young man trying to pen a novel about his experiences as a Holocaust survivor. The book is unique in its format, with the protagonist's thoughts, ideas, and narrative presented in various graphic and typographical forms. The narrative is nonlinear and fragmented, reflecting the protagonist's struggle to make sense of his traumatic past and his attempts to express it through writing.

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  2. 2. Take It Or Leave It

    "Take It Or Leave It" is a unique narrative that blends fiction and autobiography. The story is about a French-American man who is drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War. The narrative is non-linear and fragmented, often digressing into side stories and anecdotes. The protagonist shares his experiences of growing up in France during World War II, his immigration to the United States, and his experiences in the army. The book plays with the conventions of storytelling and is known for its postmodern style.

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