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Classics in Translation: Georges Perec

by Bud Parr, January 19, 2010

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When I began reading Words Without Borders some years ago my first reaction was always "who the hell are these people?"  - the writers, that is, all these authors I'd never heard of. Well my mother always said a stranger is just someone you don't know yet, but we all know sometimes…...read more »

Statement of Intent, by Georges Perec

by The Editors, January 19, 2010

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When I attempt to state what I have tried to do as a writer since I began, what occurs to me first of all is that I have never written two books of the same kind, or ever wanted to reuse a formula, or a system, or an approach already developed in some earlier work. This systematic versatility has baffled…...read more »

4 Gentle Persuasions: An Annotated List of 4 Quotations from the Works of Georges Perec (1)

by Laird Hunt, January 20, 2010

 1)  I write…               I write: I write…               I write: “I write…”              …...read more »

Reading “Life A User’s Manual”

by Geoff Wisner, January 21, 2010

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In The Pattern in the Carpet, her recent memoir cum history of the jigsaw puzzle, Margaret Drabble pays tribute to Life A User's Manual by Georges Perec, an enormous experimental novel also concerned with jigsaw puzzles. Long experimental French novels don’t usually attract me, and Drabble…...read more »

4 Gentle Persuasions: An Annotated List of 4 Quotations from the Works of Georges Perec (2)

by Laird Hunt, January 25, 2010

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2) We should learn to live more on staircases. But how? (species of spaces 38)   Perec’s actual and hypothetical leaping up and down, forward and backward, and diagonally and sidewise, etc. —sometimes all at once— between projects, as if his field of operations was an enormous…...read more »

Work and Play: A Conversation with Warren Motte

by Martin Riker, January 26, 2010

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Warren Motte is among the most vibrant and resourceful critics of French contemporary fiction in the world today. Professor of French and Italian at the University of Colorado, Boulder, he received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981 with a dissertation on Georges Perec, which eventually…...read more »

4 Gentle Persuasions: An Annotated List of 4 Quotations from the Works of Georges Perec (3)

by Laird Hunt, January 27, 2010

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3) For years I put off telling the tale of my voyage to W. (Opening of W or The Memory of Childhood)   When near the end of his statement of intent Perec addresses the motivation behind so much apparent literary shape shifting, his tone changes. After suggesting, without much force, that we can…...read more »

4 Gentle Persuasions: An Annotated List of 4 Quotations from the Works of Georges Perec (4)

by Laird Hunt, January 28, 2010

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4) “Grifalconi shook his head.  In one of the attics in Château de la Muette he had found the remains of a table.  Its oval top, wonderfully inlaid with mother-of-pearl, was exceptionally well preserved; but its base, a massive, spindle-shaped column of grained wood, turned out…...read more »

Editing Georges Perec

by Scott Esposito, January 29, 2010

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(Godine is publishing a new, corrected edition of Life A User's Manual and the first-ever English edition of Perec's essays collected in Thoughts of Sorts. I recently spoke with Susan Barba, an editor at Godine who worked on both of these books.) Scott Esposito: My first question has to do with…...read more »

film iconSearching for rue Simon-Crubellier

by Bud Parr, January 29, 2010

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 "Play with all your mind, play" I think, echoing here the epigraph to Life A Users Manual with my own substitution, that Georges Perec would have liked the "Searching for rue Simon-Crubellier" project where two artists search in Paris for the fictional street where the novel takes place.…...read more »