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53 Days

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  78 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Georges Perec, the celebrated author of Life A User's Manual (Godine, 1987), was working on this "literary thriller" at the time of his death. He had completed only 11 chapters of a planned 28, but left extensive drafts and notes supplying the rest of the mystery, as well as numerous twists and subplots. From these, Harry Mathews and Jacques Roubaud have assembled the elem ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by David R. Godine Publisher (first published 1989)
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Ronald Morton
Feb 24, 2016 Ronald Morton rated it it was amazing
A fitting final work for one of my favorite writers of the last 50 years.

I'm going to discuss the structure of the novel for a moment mostly because it goes a long way to show just what makes this book so damn good, as well as why it fits so well into Perec's oeuvre. That said, part of the joy of reading Perec is discovering the structure of the text itself, as it is almost never how it is laid out. So, consider yourself warned.

The book starts in the first person narration. The narrator is given
Apr 16, 2014 Lily rated it it was ok
53 Days is a mystery about mysteries. Fictional novels are referenced and play a central role in solving the multifaceted crime. The author himself died in the midst of writing this novel, which is mysterious in and of itself. The plot of the novel is actually about a mystery novelist who disappears amid conspiracy and the crime is passed along to a former schoolmate to solve, who then passes the mystery on to a police detective when he disappears. The format is experimental and the mystery of t ...more
David R. Godine
"The novel's very incompletion allows the reader, who will be equally fascinated by the finished chapters and the jottings, the notes, to understand something of how Georges Perec—with his intuitions, imagination, memories, and culture—put together a novel."
— La Vie des Livres
Apr 17, 2012 Adrien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J'enlève une étoile pour punir Perec d'être mort avant d'avoir terminé ce livre.
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Jan 20, 2013 Israel Ita-islas rated it liked it
bueno, pero no es el mejor de perec!!

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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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