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An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris

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An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris

Georges Perec’s most famous novels are Life: A User’s Manual and A Void (a book written in French without use of the letter “e” and then translated into English under the same limitation), but this short work, which defies any and all attempt at classification, is equally quintessential as a showcase for Perec’s over-arching interest in and experimentation with language.

Over one weekend, Perec installs himself in Saint-Suplice and sets out to document everything that happens around him. Without emotional response and without ignoring the truly mundane and repetitive. This turns out to be, as you can imagine, a rather challenge project, and the writing itself changes over the course of the three-day affair, revealing something intangibly profound about life and art.

An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris, by George Perec, translated by Marc Lowenthall (Wakefield Press)

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Georges Perec
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By Georges Perec
Pages: 58 Pages
Publisher: Wakefield Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Language: English
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ISBN-10 : 0984115528
ISBN-13:9780984115525
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Tentative d'épuisement d'un lieu parisien
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By Georges Perec
Pages: 49 Pages
Publisher: CHRISTIAN BOURGOIS
Format: Paperback / softback
Language: French
Dimensions: 178 mm x 108 mm x 4 mm
Publication Date:
17 Janvier 2008
ISBN-10 : 2267019590
ISBN-13:9782267019599
En octobre 1974 Georges Perec s'est installé pendant trois jours consécutifs place Saint-Sulpice à Paris. A différents moments de la journée, il a noté ce qu'il voyait : les... Read more
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