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.
Publication date: 06/11/2014
Publisher: MacLehose Press an imprint of Quercus Publishing Plc
|Publication date:||6th November 2014|
|Publisher:||MacLehose Press an imprint of Quercus Publishing Plc|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Fiction in translation,|
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.More About Georges Perec