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"Vorrei che esistessero luoghi stabili, immobili, intangibili, mai toccati e quasi intoccabili, immutabili, radicati: luoghi che sarebbero punti di riferimento e di partenza, delle fonti: il mio paese natale, la culla della mia famiglia, la casa dove sarei nato, l'albero che avrei visto crescere (che mio padre avrebbe piantato il giorno della mia nascita), la soffitta dell ...more
Paperback, 115 pages
Published 1989 by Bollati Boringhieri (first published 1974)
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Glenn Russell
Sep 18, 2014 Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Georges Perec, age 45, told an interviewer how books by authors he loved when he was in his 20s were like pieces of a puzzle but there were still spaces between the pieces and those were the spaces where he could write. He went on to say how he would like to write everything in every way possible, including children’s books, science fiction, detective novels, cartoons, comedy, drama and film scripts. He also said that at the end of his life he would like to have used all the words in the diction
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Adam Floridia
Mar 29, 2013 Adam Floridia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: being-a-human
Species of Spaces 5/5:

Something about Perec’s originality just really gets me. His attention to detail, his ability to notice the everyday, but more so his taking the time to pay attention, to notice the everyday is some combination of the words “breathtaking” and “touching” that I can’t pin down. It’s like he embodies those hackneyed saying “you’ve got to stop to smell the roses” or “Life move’s pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around, you might miss it” (thanks Ferris). Of course, Perec
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Ubiqua
Jul 22, 2015 Ubiqua rated it really liked it
Riflessioni sullo spazio dal piccolo al grande, dal nostro letto all’universo infinito. Perec le focalizza su casa, condominio e città. Alcuni spunti sono interessanti, con una buon indice di apertura mentale. Complessivamente un po’ ozioso, ugualmente leggibile perché formato da capitoli brevissimi. Facile da interrompere, digeribile, si può leggere in autobus, al parco, in fila alle poste.
Andrew
If you want a plot, or if you want a cohesive argument, then Perec isn't for you. If you want beautifully rendered belles-lettres about everything and nothing, then he should be right up your alley. In this slender volume of spatial meditations, lists, word games, and other odd ends, Perec as a person shines forth. In his novels, he seemed to exist more as a method, a way of writing. Even in the autobiographical, W or the Memory of Childhood, the childhood reminiscences didn't give us a terribly ...more
Sara
May 17, 2016 Sara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, fr
Questo andar per luoghi (2) Non cercare di trovare troppo rapidamente una definizione della città; non è cosa da poco, e ci sono molte probabilità di sbagliarsi.
Innanzitutto fare l’inventario di quanto si vede. Elencare ciò di cui si è sicuri. Stabilire distinzioni elementari; per esempio tra quello che è la città e quello che non è la città.
Interessarsi a ciò che separa la città da ciò che non è città. Osservare quello che succede quando finisce la città.

Esercitazioni. Osservare la strada, di
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عبد الحميد بوحسين
توجد ترجمة جميلة للكتاب بعنوان "فصائل الفضاءات" للمترجم المغربي عبد الكبير الشرقاوي
Stephanie McGarrah
Apr 17, 2015 Stephanie McGarrah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This was my first book by Perec, and even though I was intrigued by some of the reviews, I wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. I was expecting something difficult to read, but the only part that went over my head were the word games at the end of the book, (kudos to anyone who knew the answers to these) and I still loved reading about them. He was quite the wordsmith.

The short pieces that make up Species of Spaces are eclectic, varying in style. I loved this approach to writing and if
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Jesse
Nov 26, 2007 Jesse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: them, him
One of the essays collected in this volume ("Robert Antelme or the Truth of Literature," 1962) carries an odd disclaimer from the compiler: "this essay dates to a time when Perec was more political in his outlook than he subsequently became," which seems to suggest that the content of the piece would be rendered invalid by a subsequent ideological shift on Perec's part.

It is in this piece, though, that Perec best sums up what was clearly his lifelong literary mission. He would be more succinct i
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Feliks
Aug 08, 2015 Feliks rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: criticism, philosophy
Not at all satisfying. Georges Perec comes across as very, very, creepy. And his schtick is mostly 'list' mania. Every chapter is about little else than this fetish of his.

He simply makes mental lists of everything around him and everything he can ever remember being around him. Lists of things to do, lists of things he hasn't done, lists of things he did once, lists of things he'll never do again. It quickly grows wearisome.

Moreover, the writing style is dry and crackling, uncooperative, chop
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Jason
Oct 01, 2007 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
By far my favorite work of Perec, and probably in my top ten books of all time. It is a great introduction to his style; if you can't get into this, don't bother with Perec. One of my favorite works struggling with the enigma of the written word, what it means to be a writer, what it means to be a reader.
J
Mar 30, 2009 J rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absum-intellectualism.

Modes of space within a space within a space, relationships thereof, conversations therewith and the subjectivity of place.

Interesting ideas, plays with the mind: existentialism. Is definitely an architect of form; though slight confusion with its language.
Alicia
Jul 13, 2014 Alicia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This man was a genius. This is a great collection to take your time over, and savor every word. There are so many of them, and they make you think in so many new ways.
Courtney
Oct 09, 2007 Courtney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: other people with ocd
I love the list of everything he ate for a year.

I wish he'd lived longer, so we could have been friends.
K.
May 05, 2011 K. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
eggplant parmigiana
TinHouseBooks
Oct 16, 2013 TinHouseBooks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-we-love
Veronica Martin (Editorial Intern, The Open Bar): My end of summer, transitional reading list is less a putting together and more a falling together than anything. One book that has ended up crossing summer’s boundary is George Perec’s Species of Spaces and Other Pieces. It turns out, Perec is kind of the perfect person to read at this juncture. Moving from one season into the next is very much a clearing of space, a brief moment when passing between two walled rooms—summer, fall—you find yourse ...more
Prabhat Saraswat
An absolutely brilliant book. I picked this book from a stock clearance sale of a book store, The image of the man himself intrigued me very much. As i read a little more, I knew this would be a beautiful book! Brought it! and yes it was. :)

It starts with a poem, a kid poem. It is a translated version as the entire prose is originally written in french, but most of the humor and syntactical playful experiments of georges perec is preserved.

Then begins a journey through spaces. Spaces around us,
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twrctdrv
Nov 21, 2012 twrctdrv rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Note before review: My rating is based on both Species of Spaces and the supplemental readings. If it were just Species, this rating would be five stars.

First, on Species:
It's been about a month or two between when I read this piece and now, but it's stuck with me the whole time. Perec pays close attention to everything around him, zooming out from the page he writes on the the whole of the universe, and along the way he observes things as simple as a man locking his car to go to the store, the
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Bjorn
May 08, 2013 Bjorn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france
Espèces d'espaces (1974) (which has the trying-too-hard English title Species of Spaces and Other Pieces) isn't a novel, rather it's more of a freeform essay on the subject of space. Not in the "outer space" astronomical sense, but rather in the sense of how we take up space - how we inhabit it, how we imbue it.

Several times, I've tried to imagine a flat in which there'd be a completely unnecessary room, absolutely and deliberately unnecessary. It wouldn't be a storage room, or an extra bedroom
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Emily
Apr 26, 2015 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This collection is like a textual version of 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'; it's a mix of short essays, stories, phrases, thoughts & experiments. It's accessible, sometimes funny, misleadingly factual then candid. Perec is a wonderful writer and his relationship with words, and their appearance on the page, is unique. His way of 'reading' urban spaces - their streets, patterns, inhabitants - is also unique & valuable. I'll definitely try to read his other works soon.
Holly
Dec 24, 2015 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays, oulipo-etc
My friend Colleen plucked this from a shelf and handed it to me after a conversation about the Oulipo movement and constraint. "If you like Calvino, you'll like this," she said. And she was right. It was a good book to read slowly and savor.

One particular surprise was Perec's account of being a paratrooper, a sort of meditation on letting go. It rang especially true since I've had a close relationship with a member of an army airborne unit.

I appreciate many Oulipo writers for their sense of min
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Magdalena
Aug 09, 2014 Magdalena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this: "Space melts like sand running through one's fingers. Time bears it away and leaves me only shapeless shreds: To write: to try meticulously to retain something, to cause something to survive; to wrest a few precise scraps from the void as it grows, to leave somewhere a furrow, a trace, a mark or a few signs." and also this: "the world, no longer as a journey having constantly to be remade, not as a race without an end, a challenge having constantly to be met, not as the one pretext for a d ...more
Pamela
Jan 13, 2008 Pamela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Comprised of lists (things to do before death), food inventories (everything ingested in 1974), vignettes about space (page, bedroom, apartment, street, country, space, etc...), and autobiographical essays with sentences that describe everyday objects and allude to 20th c. atrocity in the same breath (he was orphaned by the holocaust and never mentions it)...his emotionally reticent style and tendency to withhold & supply detail at all the wrong moments give the reader the "space" to have em ...more
Dario
Oct 30, 2014 Dario rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: free-time
Nevjerojatno se lako čita. Ali povrh svega radi se o nečemu u čemu sam se u potpunosti pronašao - detaljizirani opisi svakog (za)kutka nekog prostora. Izvrsno štivo. Meni sasvim novo, drugima mogućnost novoga.
Inès
Aug 08, 2015 Inès rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La description détaillée de chaque espace dans lesquels nous vivons. Excellent pour qui aime le nouveau roman !
Tom Lobo
Feb 09, 2015 Tom Lobo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"We don't think enough about staircases. Nothing was more beautiful in old houses than the staircases."
Peter Mowris
Feb 25, 2014 Peter Mowris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lesser known essays, just tons of fun. Read anything you can get your hands on by this guy. He is a delight.
Ben
Jun 21, 2008 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: architecture
Perec is a very inventive writer. He has a way of looking at things that I've never really experienced from a writer. He also tries a lot of things that most writers never thought of, stemming from his involvement in a French society celebrating word games. Not all of the essays worked for me, but the ones that did were really good. Species of Spaces was amazing. The essay about organizing books was particularly relevant seeing as I don't know where to shelve this book. I don't have an essay she ...more
Jacob Wren
Georges Perec writes:

In an old house in the 18th arrondissement I saw a WC that was shared by four tenants. The landlord refused to pay for the lighting of the said WC, and none of the four tenants was willing to pay for the three others, or had accepted the idea of a single meter and a bill divisible into four. So the WC was lit by four separate bulbs, each controlled by one of the four tenants. A single bulb burning night and day for ten years would have obviously been less expensive than inst
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Robert Sobel
Jan 05, 2016 Robert Sobel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing! For anyone interested in Perec, this is the best place to start.
Kim Marie
Sep 18, 2012 Kim Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It just goes to prove that oftentimes the best things come in small packages. Perec essentially looks at the various "Spaces" we inhabit in our everyday lives - from our bedrooms to our city blocks to our neighbors, our country and the world at large. His clever insights make the mundane seem extraordinary. I think he challenges us to open our minds to creatively look at the world around us not as a series of confinements but as a series of opportunities for reflection, playfulness and adventure ...more
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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
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“This is how space begins, with words only, signs traced on the blank page. To describe space: to name it, to trace it, like those portolano-makers who saturated the coastlines with the names of harbours, the names of capes, the names of inlets, until in the end the land was only separated from the sea by a continuous ribbon of text. Is the aleph, that place in Borges from which the entire world is visible simultaneously, anything other than an alphabet?” 18 likes
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