Species of Spaces and Other Pieces

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Georges Perec, author of the highly acclaimed Life: A User's Manual, was only forty-six when he died in 1982. Despite a tragic childhood, during which his mother was deported to Auschwitz, Perec produced some of the most entertaining essays of the age. His literary output was deliberately varied in form and style and this generous selection of Perec's non-fictional work, the first to appear in English, demonstrates his characteristic lightness of touch, wry humour and accessibility. As he contemplates the many ...
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Overview

Georges Perec, author of the highly acclaimed Life: A User's Manual, was only forty-six when he died in 1982. Despite a tragic childhood, during which his mother was deported to Auschwitz, Perec produced some of the most entertaining essays of the age. His literary output was deliberately varied in form and style and this generous selection of Perec's non-fictional work, the first to appear in English, demonstrates his characteristic lightness of touch, wry humour and accessibility. As he contemplates the many ways in which we occupy the space around us, as he depicts the commonplace items with which we are familiar in a startling, engrossing way, as he recounts his psychoanalysis while remaining reticent about his feelings or depicts the Paris of his childhood without a trace of sentimentality, we become aware that we are in the presence of a remarkable, virtuoso writer.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141442242
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/20/2008
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 993,287
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 7.92 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

John Sturrock is a writer and critic who has previously translated Victor Hugo, Stendhal, and Rimbaud. A consulting editor at the London Review of Books, he lives in West Sussex, England.

John Sturrock is a writer and critic who has previously translated Victor Hugo, Stendhal, and Rimbaud. A consulting editor at the London Review of Books, he lives in West Sussex, England.

John Sturrock is a writer and critic who has previously translated Victor Hugo, Stendhal, and Rimbaud. A consulting editor at the London Review of Books, he lives in West Sussex, England.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Species of Spaces / Especes d'espaces 1
Foreword 5
The Page 9
The Bed 16
The Bedroom 20
The Apartment 26
The Apartment Building 40
The Street 46
The Neighbourhood 57
The Town 60
The Country 68
Countries 73
Europe 76
Old Continent 76
New Continent 76
The World 77
Space 80
from Je suis ne 93
I Was Born 95
The Scene of a Flight 99
The Parachute Jump 109
The Gnocchi of Autumn 115
Some of the Things I Really Must Do Before I Die 120
The Work of Memory 123
Ellis Island: Description of a Project 130
from Penser/Classer 135
Notes on What I'm Looking For 137
Notes Concerning the Objects that are on my Work-table 140
Brief Notes on the Art and Manner of Arranging One's Books 144
Twelve Sidelong Glances 152
The Scene of a Stratagem 161
Reading: A Socio-physiological Outline 170
On the Difficulty of Imagining an Ideal City 182
'Think/Classify' 184
from L'Infra-ordinaire 203
Approaches to What? 205
The Rue Vilin 208
Two Hundred and Forty-three Postcards in Real Colour 218
The Holy of Holies 236
Attempt at an Inventory of the Liquid and Solid Foodstuffs Ingurgitated by Me in the Course of the Year Nineteen Hundred and Seventy-Four 240
from L.G. 247
Robert Antelme or the Truth of Literature 249
from Cantatrix Sopranica L. 263
A Scientific and Literary Friendship 265
The Winter Journey / Le Voyage d'hiver 273
from Voeux 283
New Year's Greetings 285
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