Life A User's Manual: Revised Edition
Over twenty years ago, Godine published the first English translation of Georges Perec's masterpiece, Life A User's Manual, hailed by the Times Literary Supplement, Boston Globe, and others as one of the great novels of the century. We are now proud to announce a newly revised twentieth... show more
Over twenty years ago, Godine published the first English translation of Georges Perec's masterpiece, Life A User's Manual, hailed by the Times Literary Supplement, Boston Globe, and others as one of the great novels of the century. We are now proud to announce a newly revised twentieth anniversary edition of Life. Carefully prepared, with many corrections, this edition of Life A User's Manual will be the preferred reference edition for the future. Structured around a single moment in time 8:00 P.M. on June 23, 1975, Perec's spellbinding puzzle begins in an apartment block in the XVIIth arrondissement of Paris where, chapter by chapter, room by room, an extraordinarily rich cast of characters is revealed in a series of tales that are bizarre, unlikely, moving, funny, or (sometimes) quite ordinary.
Publish date: September 1st 2008
Publisher: David R Godine
Pages no: 680
Edition language: English
We begin. We turn to the first page, and we find ourselves already placed, not only on location but in the location. We are in one of the public areas. It is not, however, the entrance hall, the first of these areas which would be encountered were we to follow the logic of entering buildings. Then a...
Mr. Perec's "Life: A User's Manual" has no protagonist. Except for, maybe, the building. The 10 story apartment building at 11 Rue Simon-Crubellier, Paris, France. The building and its stairs, elevator, floors, basements, attic, apartments, bedrooms, dining rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, and every fu...
Zawsze fascynowały mnie rysunki dla dzieci, na których przedstawiano "przekrojony dom" i można było podglądać co robią ludzie. Perec opisał taki przekrój, rozciągając go dodatkowo w obszarze czasu. Podobno miał listę słów, które musi użyć, w każdym rozdziale miała się znaleźć jakaś inna czynność, op...
Puckish, intriguing, challenging. Perec bases his narrative on the inhabitants of a Parisian apartment, moving from one room to another, teasing out connections between the people he describes and peppering his prose with little puzzles and anecdotes. In my list of top experimental fiction: http://l...
To that old imponderable question, "If you were going to be stranded on a desert island, and you could only take one book with you...?" I now have my answer. Because I think that it would probably take decades of rereading to completely exhaust this book. It's not that it's full of lofty or difficu...
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