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Georges Perec - Author

About the Author

Georges Perec, novelist, filmmaker, documentalist and essayist, was one of the most celebrated and versatile writers of the last century. He died in 1982. Shortly after his death, a small planet was named after him.

Featured books by Georges Perec

Portrait of a Man

Portrait of a Man

Author: Georges Perec Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/11/2014

Gaspard Winckler, master forger, is trapped in a basement studio on the outskirts of Paris, with his paymaster's blood on his hands. The motive for this murder? A perversion of artistic ambition. After a lifetime lived in the shadows, he has strayed too close to the sun. Fittingly for such an enigmatic writer, Portrait of a Man is both Perec's first novel and his last. Frustrated in his efforts to find a publisher, he put it aside, telling a friend: 'I'll go back to it in ten years when it'll turn into a masterpiece, or else I'll wait in my grave until one of my faithful exegetes comes across it in an old trunk.' An apt coda to one of the brightest literary careers of the twentieth century, it is - in the words of David Bellos, the 'faithful exegete' who brought it to light - 'connected by a hundred threads to every part of the literary universe that Perec went on to create - but it's not like anything else that he wrote.

Other books by Georges Perec

Portrait of a Man Known as Il Condottiere

Portrait of a Man Known as Il Condottiere

Author: Georges Perec, David Bellos Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/03/2018

Puckish and playful, Georges Perec infused avant-garde and experimental fiction with a wit and wonder that belied the serious concerns and concepts that underpinned it. A prominent member of the OuLiPo, and an abiding influence on fiction writers today, Perec used formal constraints to dazzling effect in such works as A Void--a murder mystery that contains nary an e --and Life A User's Manual, in which an apartment building, systematically canvassed, unfolds secrets and, ultimately offers a reflection on creation, destruction, and the devotion to art. Before embarking on these experiments, however, Perec tried his hand at a relatively straightforward novel, Portrait of a Man. His first book, it was rejected by publishers when he submitted it in 1960, after which he filed it away. Decades after Perec's death, David Bellos discovered the manuscript, and through his translation we have a chance to enjoy it in English for the first time. What fans will find here is a thriller that combines themes that would remain prominent in Perec's later work, such as art forgery, authenticity, and murder, as well as craftsman Gaspard Winckler, who whose namesakes play major roles in Life A User's Manual and W or The Memory of Childhood. Engaging and entertaining on its own merits, and gaining additional interest when set in the context of Perec's career, Portrait of a Man is sure to charm the many fans of this postmodern master.

Pensar/Clasificar

Pensar/Clasificar

Author: Georges Perec Format: eBook Release Date: 24/04/2017

Esta obra nos asoma al inclasificable universo de George Perec: poeta, narrador,apasionado de las palabras y los juegos de la imaginacion, admirado por Calvino y Cortazar, surrealista impenitente nos mostro hasta que punto quien piensa en comprender el mundo no hace clasificarlo. En ese fascinante empeno, George Perec no ceso de trastocar las convenciones de lo sensible y las jerarquias establecidas: Con franqueza, que es lo que se me pregunta?, si pienso antes de clasificar?, si clasifico antes de pensar?, como clasifico aquello que pienso?, como pienso cuando quiero clasificar? Su mirada minuciosa y escrutadora confiere a la trivialidad, a los seres y a las cosas cotidianas una densidad inesperada que aun nos turba y nos maravilla.

Portrait of a Man Known as Il Condottiere

Portrait of a Man Known as Il Condottiere

Author: Georges Perec, David Bellos Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/05/2016

Puckish and playful, Georges Perec infused avant-garde and experimental fiction with a wit and wonder that belied the serious concerns and concepts that underpinned it. A prominent member of the OuLiPo, and an abiding influence on fiction writers today, Perec used formal constraints to dazzling effect in such works as A Void--a murder mystery that contains nary an e --and Life A User's Manual, in which an apartment building, systematically canvassed, unfolds secrets and, ultimately offers a reflection on creation, destruction, and the devotion to art. Before embarking on these experiments, however, Perec tried his hand at a relatively straightforward novel, Portrait of a Man. His first book, it was rejected by publishers when he submitted it in 1960, after which he filed it away. Decades after Perec's death, David Bellos discovered the manuscript, and through his translation we have a chance to enjoy it in English for the first time. What fans will find here is a thriller that combines themes that would remain prominent in Perec's later work, such as art forgery, authenticity, and murder, as well as craftsman Gaspard Winckler, who whose namesakes play major roles in Life A User's Manual and W or The Memory of Childhood. Engaging and entertaining on its own merits, and gaining additional interest when set in the context of Perec's career, Portrait of a Man is sure to charm the many fans of this postmodern master.

Portrait Of A Man

Portrait Of A Man

Author: Georges Perec Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2015

Gaspard Winckler, master forger, is trapped in a basement studio on the outskirts of Paris, with his paymaster's blood on his hands. The motive for this murder? A perversion of artistic ambition. After a lifetime lived in the shadows, he has strayed too close to the sun. Fittingly for such an enigmatic writer, Portrait of a Man is both Perec's first novel and his last. Frustrated in his efforts to find a publisher, he put it aside, telling a friend: I'll go back to it in ten years when it'll turn into a masterpiece, or else I'll wait in my grave until one of my faithful exegetes comes across it in an old trunk. An apt coda to one of the brightest literary careers of the twentieth century, it is - in the words of David Bellos, the faithful exegete who brought it to light - connected by a hundred threads to every part of the literary universe that Perec went on to create - but it's not like anything else that he wrote .

Portrait of a Man

Portrait of a Man

Author: Georges Perec Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/11/2014

Gaspard Winckler, master forger, is trapped in a basement studio on the outskirts of Paris, with his paymaster's blood on his hands. The motive for this murder? A perversion of artistic ambition. After a lifetime lived in the shadows, he has strayed too close to the sun. Fittingly for such an enigmatic writer, Portrait of a Man is both Perec's first novel and his last. Frustrated in his efforts to find a publisher, he put it aside, telling a friend: 'I'll go back to it in ten years when it'll turn into a masterpiece, or else I'll wait in my grave until one of my faithful exegetes comes across it in an old trunk.' An apt coda to one of the brightest literary careers of the twentieth century, it is - in the words of David Bellos, the 'faithful exegete' who brought it to light - 'connected by a hundred threads to every part of the literary universe that Perec went on to create - but it's not like anything else that he wrote.

I Remember

I Remember

Author: Georges Perec Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/10/2014

Translated into English for the first time, this is Georges Perec's unique, puzzling, and often imitated memoir. At once an affectionate portrait of mid-century Paris and a daring pointillist autobiography, Georges Perec's / Remember is the last of this essential writer's major works to be translated into English. Consisting of 480 numbered statements, all beginning identically with I remember, and all limited to pieces of public knowledge - brand names and folk wisdom, actors and illnesses, places and things ( I remember: When parents drink, children tipple ; I remember Hermes handbags, with their tiny padlocks ; I remember myxomatosis ) - the book represents a secret key to the world of Perec's fiction. As critic, translator, and Perec biographer David Bellos notes in his introduction to this edition, since its original publication, It's hardly possible to utter the words je me souviens in French these days without committing a literary allusion. As playful and puzzling as the best of Perec's novels, I Remember began as a simple writing exercise, and grew into an expansive, exhilarating work of art: the image of one unmistakable and irreplaceable life, shaped from the material of our collective past.

Winter Journeys

Winter Journeys

Author: Georges Perec, The Oulipo Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/06/2013

La Boutique Obscure 124 Dreams

La Boutique Obscure 124 Dreams

Author: Georges Perec Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/02/2013

Thoughts of Sorts Introduced by Margaret Drabble

Thoughts of Sorts Introduced by Margaret Drabble

Author: Georges Perec, Margaret Drabble Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/04/2011

Celebrated as the man who wrote an entire novel without using the letter 'e', and another in the form of a vast jigsaw puzzle, Georges Perec found humour - and pathos - in the human need for arrangement and classification. The essays in Thoughts of Sorts explore the rules by which we find a place in the world. Is thinking a kind of sorting? Is sorting a kind of thought?

W or The Memory of Childhood

W or The Memory of Childhood

Author: Georges Perec Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2011

Written in alternating chapters, W or the Memory of Childhood, tells two parallel tales, in two parts. One is a story created in childhood and about childhood. The other story is about two people called Gaspard Winckler: one an eight-year-old deaf-mute lost in a shipwreck, the other a man despatched to search for him, who discovers W, an island state based on the rules of sport. As the two tales move in and out of focus, the disturbing truth about the island of W reveals itself. Perec combines fiction and autobiography in unprecedented ways, allowing no easy escape from these stories, or from history.

Things: A Story of the Sixties with A Man Asleep

Things: A Story of the Sixties with A Man Asleep

Author: Georges Perec Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2011

Things: A Story of the Sixties is the story of a young couple who want to enjoy life, but the only way they know how to do so is through ownership of 'things'. Perec's first novel won the Prix Renaudot and became the cult book for a generation. In A Man Asleep, a young student embarks upon a disturbing and exhaustive pursuit of indifference, following his experience in non-existence with relentless logic.

The Art and Craft of Approaching Your Head of Department to Submit a Request for a Raise

The Art and Craft of Approaching Your Head of Department to Submit a Request for a Raise

Author: Georges Perec Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/03/2011

so having weighed the pros and cons you've decided to approach your boss to ask for that well-earned raise in salary but before you schedule the all-important meeting you decide to dip into this handy volume in the hope of finding some valuable tips but instead find a hilarious, mind-bending farcical account of all the many different things that may or may not happen on the journey to see your boss which uses no punctuation or capitalisation and certainly no full stops. Georges Perec famously wrote a whole novel without using the letter 'e'. Now, in this playful short novel, brilliantly translated by David Bellos, Perec once again dispenses with the normal rules for literary compostion, with similarly pyrotechnic results.

Georges Perec An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris

Georges Perec An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris

Author: Georges Perec Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2010

Things: A Story of the Sixties with A Man Asleep

Things: A Story of the Sixties with A Man Asleep

Author: Georges Perec Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2009

Things: A Story of the Sixties is the story of a young couple who want to enjoy life, but the only way they know how to do so is through ownership of 'things'. Perec's first novel won the Prix Renaudot and became the cult book for a generation. In A Man Asleep, a young student embarks upon a disturbing and exhaustive pursuit of indifference, following his experience in non-existence with relentless logic.

Life A User's Manual

Life A User's Manual

Author: Georges Perec Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2009

Over twenty years ago, Godine published the first English translation of Georges Perec's masterpiece, Life A User's Manual, hailed by the Times Literary Supplement, Boston Globe, and others as "e;one of the great novels of the century."e; We are now proud to announce a newly revised twentieth anniversary edition of Life. Carefully prepared, with many corrections, this edition of Life A User's Manual will be the preferred reference edition for the future. Life is an unclassified masterpiece, a sprawling compendium as encyclopedic as Dante's Commedia and Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and, in its break with tradition, as inspiring as Joyce's Ulysses. Structured around a single moment in time - 8:00 p.m. on June 23, 1975 - Perec's spellbinding puzzle begins in an apartment block in the XVIIth arrondissement of Paris where, chapter by chapter, room by room, like an onion being peeled, an extraordinary rich cast of characters is revealed in a series of tales that are bizarre, unlikely, moving, funny, or (sometimes) quite ordinary. From the confessions of a racing cyclist to the plans of an avenging murderer, from a young ethnographer obsessed with a Sumatran tribe to the death of a trapeze artist, from the fears of an ex-croupier to the dreams of a sex-change pop star to an eccentric English millionaire who has devised the ultimate pastime, Life is a manual of human irony, portraying the mixed marriages of fortunes, passions and despairs, betrayals and bereavements, of hundreds of lives in Paris and around the world. But the novel is more than an extraordinary range of fictions; it is a closely observed account of life and experience. The apartment block's one hundred rooms are arranged in a magic square, and the book as a whole is peppered with a staggering range of literary puzzles and allusions, acrostics, problems of chess and logic, crosswords, and mathematical formula. All are there for the reader to solve in the best tradition of the detective novel.

Cantatrix Sopranica L. Scientific Papers

Cantatrix Sopranica L. Scientific Papers

Author: Georges Perec Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/09/2008

Species of Spaces and Other Pieces

Species of Spaces and Other Pieces

Author: Georges Perec Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/01/2008

Georges Perec produced some of the most entertaining and spirited essays of his age. His literary output was amazingly varied in form and style and this generous selection of Perec's non-fictional work also demonstrates his characteristic lightness of touch, wry humour and accessibility.

A Void

A Void

Author: Georges Perec Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2008

Anton Vowl is missing. Ransacking his Paris flat, a group of his faithful companions trawl through his diary for any hint as to his location and, insidiously, a ghost, from Vowl's past starts to cast its malignant shadow. This virtuoso story, chock-full of plots and subplots, shows the skill of both author and translator who impart all the action without a crucial grammatical prop: the letter 'e'.

Life A User's Manual

Life A User's Manual

Author: Georges Perec Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/05/1996

In this ingenious book Perec creates an entire microcosm in a Paris apartment block. Serge Valene wants to make an elaborate painting of the building he has made his home for the last sixty years. As he plans his picture, he contemplates the lives of all the people he has ever known there. Chapter by chapter, the narrative moves around the building revealing a marvellously diverse cast of characters in a series of every more unlikely tales, which range from an avenging murderer to an eccentric English millionaire who has devised the ultimate pastime...

A Void

A Void

Author: Georges Perec Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/1994

As much a masterpiece of translation as a novel, A Void contains not one single letter e anywhere in the main body of the text. This clever and unusual novel is full of plots and sub-plots, of trails in pursuit of trails and linguistic conjuring tricks

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