Zazie dans le métro (1961)

Zazie in the Metro — or simply Zazie, depending on the translation (original French title: Zazie dans le métro) — a French novel written in 1959, was the first major success of author Raymond Queneau. Zazie explores colloquial language as opposed to 'standard' written French, a distinction that is particularly marked in French, where correct language usage is governed by an official academy. The first word of the book, the neologism Doukipudonktan is a phonetic transcription of D'où qu'il pue donc tant ? (How come he stinks so much?). In the English version of the novel, this is rendered as Holifart watastink. In the movie version the English subtitle reads Whozit who stinks? More »
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