Articles tagged "Georges Perec"


film icon Searching for rue Simon-Crubellier

"Play with all your mind, play" I think, echoing here the epigraph to Life A Users Manual with my own substitution, that Georges Perec would have liked the "Searching for rue Simon-Crubellier"…...

Editing Georges Perec

(Godine is publishing a new, corrected edition of Life A User's Manual and the first-ever English edition of Perec's essays collected in Thoughts of Sorts. I recently spoke with Susan Barba, an…...

4 Gentle Persuasions: An Annotated List of 4 Quotations from the Works of Georges Perec (4)

4) “Grifalconi shook his head. In one of the attics in Château de la Muette he had found the remains of a table. Its oval top, wonderfully inlaid with mother-of-pearl, was exceptionally well…...

4 Gentle Persuasions: An Annotated List of 4 Quotations from the Works of Georges Perec (3)

3) For years I put off telling the tale of my voyage to W. (Opening of W or The Memory of Childhood) When near the end of his statement of intent Perec addresses the motivation behind so much apparent…...

Work and Play: A Conversation with Warren Motte

Warren Motte is among the most vibrant and resourceful critics of French contemporary fiction in the world today. Professor of French and Italian at the University of Colorado, Boulder, he received his…...

4 Gentle Persuasions: An Annotated List of 4 Quotations from the Works of Georges Perec (2)

2) We should learn to live more on staircases. But how? (species of spaces 38) Perec’s actual and hypothetical leaping up and down, forward and backward, and diagonally and sidewise, etc. —sometimes…...

Reading “Life A User’s Manual”

In The Pattern in the Carpet, her recent memoir cum history of the jigsaw puzzle, Margaret Drabble pays tribute to Life A User's Manual by Georges Perec, an enormous experimental novel also concerned…...

4 Gentle Persuasions: An Annotated List of 4 Quotations from the Works of Georges Perec (1)

1) I write… I write: I write… I write: “I write…” I write that I write… Etc. (species of spaces 9) In December 1976 Georges Perec, who wrote, both copiously and…...

Statement of Intent, by Georges Perec

When I attempt to state what I have tried to do as a writer since I began, what occurs to me first of all is that I have never written two books of the same kind, or ever wanted to reuse a formula, or…...

Classics in Translation: Georges Perec

When I began reading Words Without Borders some years ago my first reaction was always "who the hell are these people?" - the writers, that is, all these authors I'd never heard of. Well…...