Harry Mathews

Harry Mathews has published many books of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry; his most recent novel is My Life in CIA.

Essays by this author

Mister Smathers


a short fiction by Harry Mathews

Translation and the Oulipo: The Case of the Persevering Maltese


Oulipo poetics and the art of translation.

The Dialect of the Tribe


This is a reprint of Mathews’ short story which originally appeared in The Human Country: New and Collected Stories (Dalkey Archive 2002).

Fearful Symmetries


Harry Mathews writes of the inherent difficulties in translation - especially the translation of his own work.