A man, a plan, a palindromic novel?

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A man, a plan, a palindromic novel?

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Nov 17, 2008, 12:06am

Wow -- my Prof said someone actually wrote an entire novel that's a palindrome. He also said it was darn awful, but have any of you actually read one? Anna, Otto? Madam, Adam?
just curious...

Nov 17, 2008, 12:17am

In LT, someone has a book, 2002: a palindrome story in 2002 words. In Amazon, this book is available in a digital format only. This might be the book?

The French post-WWII literary school, Oulipo, has writers who have played a lot with words. Raymond Queneau wrote a book, Exercises in Style, which rewrote the same two linked vignettes in 99 different ways. I don't think any of these were a palindrome.

Nov 17, 2008, 12:30am

Wikipedia says, "Two "palindromic novels" appeared, in limited editions, during the 1980s: Dr Awkward & Olson in Oslo by Lawrence Levine and Satire: Veritas by David Stephens."

I think they must have been word by word or line by line palindromes.


Nov 17, 2008, 11:45pm

thanks... I did find a "poem" online which was basically a list of 1000s of words strung together and made absolutely no sense, forward or bass ackwards...

Jun 10, 2014, 2:56pm

i have & have read both of the palindromic "novels" & can verify that, as intelligible expression, they stink. however, as oddities of verbal expression, they are both exquisitely unlikely.