Queneau’s Exercices de style is a thrilling masterpiece and, in fact, one of the greatest stories in French literature. I am also very fond of Queneau’s Zazie, and I remember some excellent essays he published in Nouvelle revue française.
This satisfying quote comes from a series of Nabokov interview snippets put online by Maud Newton, to whom I express my gratitude. And if you know French and haven’t yet read the book, you owe it to yourself to do so. You don’t need to devote a continuous chunk of time to it; just read a few variations, savor them, and put it down until you need another dose. Trust me, you won’t regret it.