Georges Perec





Georges Perec

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born
in Paris, France
March 07, 1936

died
March 03, 1982

gender
male

genre

influences


About this author

Georges Perec was a highly-regarded French novelist, filmmaker and essayist. He was a member of the Oulipo group. Many of his novels and essays abound with experimental wordplay, lists and attempts at classification, and they are usually tinged with melancholy.

Perec's first novel, Les Choses (Things: A Story of the Sixties) was awarded the Prix Renaudot in 1965.

In 1978, Perec won the prix Médicis for Life: A User's Manual (French title, La Vie mode d'emploi), possibly his best-known work. The 99 chapters of this 600 page piece move like a knight's tour of a chessboard around the room plan of a Paris apartment building, describing the rooms and stairwell and telling the stories of the inhabitants.

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Average rating: 4.05 · 10,428 ratings · 926 reviews · 52 distinct works · Similar authors
Life: A User's Manual
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 3,250 ratings — published 1978 — 57 editions
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A Void
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 1,301 ratings — published 1969 — 19 editions
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Species of Spaces and Other...
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 933 ratings — published 1974 — 22 editions
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W, or the Memory of Childhood
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 973 ratings — published 1975 — 19 editions
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Things: A Story of the Sixt...
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 660 ratings — published 1965 — 7 editions
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Les choses
3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 763 ratings — published 1965 — 38 editions
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Un homme qui dort
4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 667 ratings — published 1967 — 19 editions
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An Attempt at Exhausting a ...
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 342 ratings — published 1975 — 8 editions
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The Art of Asking Your Boss...
3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 329 ratings — published 1968 — 19 editions
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Quel petit vélo à guidon ch...
3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 141 ratings — published 1966 — 9 editions
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“Question your tea spoons.”
Georges Perec, Species of Spaces and Other Pieces

“As the hours, the days, the weeks, the seasons slip by, you detach yourself from everything. You discover, with something that sometimes almost resembles exhilaration, that you are free. That nothing is weighing you down, nothing pleases or displeases you. You find, in this life exempt from wear and tear and with no thrill in it other than these suspended moments, in almost perfect happiness, fascinating, occasionally swollen by new emotions. You are living in a blessed parenthesis, in a vacuum full of promise, and from which you expect nothing. You are invisible, limpid, transparent. You no longer exist. Across the passing hours, the succession of days, the procession of the seasons, the flow of time, you survive without joy and without sadness. Without a future and without a past. Just like that: simply, self evidently, like a drop of water forming on a drinking tap on a landing.”
Georges Perec, Things: A Story of the Sixties; A Man Asleep

“What we need to question is bricks, concrete, glass, our table manners, our utensils, our tools, the way we spend our time, our rhythms. To question that which seems to have ceased forever to astonish us. We live, true, we breathe, true; we walk, we go downstairs, we sit at a table in order to eat, we lie down on a bed on order to sleep. How? Where? When? Why?

Describe your street. Describe another. Compare.”
Georges Perec, L'infra Ordinaire

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