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For instance, he can relate a whole story in a paragraph, simply to end it with: Or, as Perec puts it in his foreword: The first is the ultimate authorial space: Both merge towards the end when the common theme of the Holocaust is explained.

Perec pays close attention when I say close attention, I REALLY mean close attention to everything around him, zooming out from the page he writes on the the whole of the space and it’s nature, along the way he observes things as simple as a man locking his car to go to the store, the number and types of places he has slept in, and what happens to the picture and the wall its hung on, all in an inviting, welcoming voice.

Perec was simply one of kind.

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Selected pages Title Page. It was not there to be sat upon; rather, it was there to wait for the impending move into my house. From there he goes from bed to bedroom to apartment to building to street to town to country side to countries to continents to world to It seems to me, in any case, that in the ideal dividing-up of today’s apartments functionality functions in accordance with a procedure that is unequivocal, sequential and nycthemeral.

Sono troppo abituato ai monumenti per aver voglia di guardarli. Not just observation exercises, it goes deeper than gorge. Hey, guys, we’ve been discovered! A list of everything Perec has ‘ingurgitated’ over the whole of It quickly grows wearisome.


And one of those little Cadbury mini-eggs. I read his piece on the Place Sans-Sulpiceand meant to read this too before going to Paris. This volume contains a peerc of Georges Perec’s non-fiction works, along with a charming short story, ‘The Winter Journey’. It would be a room without function. But behind the lightness and humour, there is also the sadness of a French Jewish boy who lost his parents in the Second World War and found comfort in the material world around him, and above all in writing.

Thanks to how easily Perec peerec it seem to spill letters all over the blank space, I am happy to give this book my first review. This is a great collection to take your time over, and savor every word. All space, whether inner or outer, from the smallest microscopical pore in our skin to the entire galaxy, can only be defined by the philosophical, physical, peec or conceptual limits we put on it.

George Perec is an author whose work fills me with delight, Species of Space and the other pieces found in this collection are wonderful.

This anecdote seems to me significant, but I’m not sure of what exactly. Part of this inviting friendliness comes from him inviting you to do the same as him.

Every chapter is about little else than this fetish of his. Each thing he describes, he begins with the most banal and simple of descriptions, but it serves to take something familiar and make it suddenly unfamiliar — and because the time and space between us, what is familiar to Perec is in fact not always familiar to me.

Seas used as a dump, coastlines bristling with barbed wire, earth bare of vegetation, mass graves, piles of carcasses, boggy rivers, towns that smell bad The uninhabitable: Thus, the matching chaise lounge was acquired later.

Species of Spaces and Other Pieces

Even in the most dreadfully square spaces, they know how to find favourable corners. The complete review ‘s Review:.


Correction 3 11 Nov 15, Artificial light beams in through one window that is actually in the living room and from two that are outside of this space. A User’s Manual and outlines some of his ideas for it.

I don’t know, and don’t want to know, where functionality begins or ends. A Story of the Sixties was awarded the Prix Renaudot in Many of his novels and essays abound geeorge experimental wordplay, lists and attempts at classification, and they are usually tinged with melancholy. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure.

In this slender volume of spatial meditations, lists, word games, and other odd ends, Perec as a person shines forth.

You must set about it more slowly, almost stupidly. Perec gives us this, a gift: But if it’s not obstructed it doesn’t see anything; our gaze only sees what it hits; space is what obstructs our view, what our gaze hits, resistance Account Options Sign in. Only an utter egomaniac could think anyone would want to hear such long and driveling descriptions of the lowest level minutiae of their lives. I wish he’d lived longer, so we could have been friends.

It just goes to prove that oftentimes the best things come pered small packages. I initially planned to review each piece separately, but there are like 25 of them. A User’s Manual, was only forty-six when he died in We spend more than a third of our lives in bed.

There are lengthy quotes from other writers, sometimes intentionally misquoted.