To Idi Amin I'm a Idiot and Other Palindromes

by Fred Yannantuono
and Philippe Petit-Roulet (Illustrator)

96 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Library of Congress Control Number:  2015901001

ISBN:  978-1-935520-90-0

Publication Date:  11/28/2016

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As funny and entertaining read backward as it is read forward, To Idi AminI'm a Idiot and Other Palindromes never fails to push the limit of thinking and unbridled curiosity. Fred Yannantuono's wit coupled with the insightful illustrations of Philippe Petit-Roulet create in this book a perfect storm of word play that you can hold in your hands, heart, and head to read and contemplate over and over.


A master palindromist, that fiendishly difficult form which forces words and sentences to glare in a mirror, Yannantuono is the literary descendent of Lewis Carroll, who was fond of stretching, twisting, carving, and otherwise distorting language, revealing in the process its morphemes and madness. With the calm and chilling dexterity of a master surgeon, he approaches his patient and makes the first decisive incision when, lo and behold, he stirs, stretches, and commences to perform an elaborate jitterbug on the operating table. The patient's no ordinary one, and the doctor no common one, the latter consisting of a master linguist and prosodist, and the former, language itself. The alphabet soups of this world will never be the same.

—John Mella, publisher of Light Quarterly