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Portrait of a Man by Georges Perec
  

Sarah Broadhurst's view...

A lesser work of a great author who, if you are a fan then it is a must. If you are new to the fellow then read his famous Life, A User’s Manual. This is his twelfth book to be published in English. Divided into two parts it is about an art forger who kills his paymaster and is discovered while moving the body. He barricades himself into a basement and escapes by digging a tunnel. So we get part one, a stream of consciousness and part two after his escape with his explanation of the murder. All very sub-Satre philosophising. It is of specialist interest only I feel.

If you like Georges Perec you might also like to read books by Italo Calvino, David Gaffney and Raymond Queneau.

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Synopsis

Portrait of a Man by Georges Perec

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.

Reviews

Fascinating -- Steven Poole Guardian Virtuosic in execution and not merely a curiosity for scholars ... Unlike anything else that Perec wrote and yet it is the most welcome sum of the many parts of his rare art -- Eileen Battersby Irish Times Intellectually rewarding - and essential for anyone remotely interested in this most original of writers -- David Mills The Times Portrait of a Man has the feel of uncovered treasure, but it is a finished and finely crafted work, full of invention. It also adds significantly to our picture of Perec himself -- Billy O'Callaghan Irish Examiner 'Portrait of a Man has the feel of uncovered treasure ... a finished and finely crafted work, full of invention
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'Callaghan, Irish Examiner. Irish Examiner 'Not the easiest of reads ... but it is intellectually rewarding - and essential for anyone interested in this most original of writers'
David Mills, Sunday Times. Sunday Times

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.

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Book Info

Publication date

6th November 2014

Author

Georges Perec

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Author's Website

www.wardmccandlish.co.uk/Au...

Publisher

MacLehose Press an imprint of Quercus Publishing

Format

Hardback
176 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
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ISBN

9780857052384

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