Georges Perec


Born
in Paris, France
March 07, 1936

Died
March 03, 1982

Genre

Influences


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.

Born in a working-class district of Paris, Perec was the only son of Icek Judko and Cyrla (Schulewicz) Peretz, Polish Jews who had emigrated to France in the 1920s. He was a distant relative of the Yiddish writer Isaac Leib Peretz.

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 thi
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Life: A User's Manual

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A Void

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3.79 avg rating — 2,849 ratings — published 1969 — 31 editions
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Les Choses

3.80 avg rating — 3,353 ratings — published 1965 — 71 editions
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Species of Spaces and Other...

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4.27 avg rating — 2,570 ratings — published 1974 — 36 editions
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W, or the Memory of Childhood

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3.86 avg rating — 2,719 ratings — published 1975 — 45 editions
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Un homme qui dort

4.08 avg rating — 3,401 ratings — published 1967 — 43 editions
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Things: A Story of the Sixt...

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An Attempt at Exhausting a ...

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The Art of Asking Your Boss...

3.85 avg rating — 1,045 ratings — published 1968 — 29 editions
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“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

“Question your tea spoons.”
Georges Perec, Species of Spaces and Other Pieces

“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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