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Space as inventory, space as invention. I also loved that this ended with some of Perec’s impossible, also slightly problematic spcaes games constructed for his friends, and a few from the translator. It’s spcies eye-opener, and reading Perec certainly makes you feel truly alive, he will drag you out of a slumber, and give you a shot of Espresso with this book.

This, I feel, brightens the room, enlivening it so that it lives up to its name. Autobiography — and self-analysis, in all senses — are a preoccupation for Perec, constantly repeated, whether in writing “I was born on 7.

And yet, there are still a handful of his books that I have not read.

Species of Spaces and Other Pieces – Georges Perec

Normally, I don’t like it when folks do that. He had the specis of eyes for the ‘infra-ordinary’, the things we do every day – eating, sleeping, working – and the places we do them in without giving them a moment’s thought. I wish he’d lived longer, so we could have been friends. How could one write a book about that?

May 25, Magdalena rated it it was amazing. All experience opens on to literature and all literature on to experience, and the path that leads from one to the other, whether it be literary creation or reading, establishes this relationship between the fragmentary and the whole, this passage from the anecdotal to the historical, this interplay between the general and the particular, between what is peerec and what is understood, which form the very tissue of our consciousness.


Despite a tragic childhood, during which his mother was deported to Auschwitz, Perec produced some of the most entertaining essays of the age.

To question the habitual.

Want to Read Currently Reading Georgw. There are times when Perec is interesting, insightful, or charming, and there are other times and these are the majority when he is ostentatiously dull. Not least because he loves lists as much as I do, more perhaps. Perec is noted for his constrained writing: Dec 07, Noah Goats rated it it was ok.

His life doesn’t always figure at the forefront of his fiction or his work generallybut it is almost always part of it, on lf level.

Species of Spaces and Other Pieces

He is obsessed with mapping movements and spaces geoege taken for granted, documenting the quotidian, infusing mundane objects with meaning and detail and withholding commentary as a form of reverence. I loved this approach to writing and if 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.

He approaches it from multiple directions, but almost none of them overlap with such work. It would be a room without function. Perec is also noted for his constrained writing: If only I could thank him with a bottle of rum taken from a shipwreck at the bottom of an ocean. The street his family lived on, where he lived until he was five.

Language itself seemed incapable of describing this nothing, this void, as if you could only speak of what georfe full, usable and functional.

I spend a lot of time on the couch. It felt strange, real, dreamy and at times, too honest. But that’s just it, we’re habituated to it. Finally, Sturrock has a go at presenting Perec’s New Year’s puzzles — verbal games which he devised for his friends, which Sturrock notes were: Two alternating narratives make up the volume: Species of Spaces and Other Pieces – India.

I read his piece on the Place Sans-Sulpiceand meant to read this too before going to Paris. The titular piece Species of Spaces is a roughly page rumination on the specis one inhabits, how one can define and capture those spaces, and a general taxonomy of spaces.


By far my spexies work of Perec, and probably in my top ten books of all time. It also includes some of his commonplace observations about these objects: Sturrock’s translations and examples fall a bit flat, but he does at least give English-language readers an idea of what Perec did.

He feels like a friend, not just a writer. He was a distant relative of the Yiddish writer Isaac Leib Peretz.

His novella Les revenentes is a complementary univocalic piece in which the letter “e” is the only vowel used. Mi piacerebbe ideare e risolvere problemi analoghi a quello dei ponti di Koenigsberg, o, per esempio, trovare un itinerario che, attraversando tutta Parigi, passi soltanto per strade che cominciano con la lettera C. Published August 1st by Penguin Classics first published They are then said to be ‘subject to alignment’, meaning that they can by rights be demolished, so as to be rebuilt in a straight line with the others.

Mi piace camminare per Parigi.

But where is our life? Geogge was simply one of kind. W ou le souvenir d’enfance, W, or, the Memory of Childhood, is a semi-autobiographical work which is hard to classify.

Georges Perec died too young. I loved this approach to writing and if you’re looking for inspiration, this is an excellent book.

Once I was struck by Perec’s unconventional and enjoyable way of writing, I just had perev read more. Oxford Dictionary From here he proceeds to give an outline in three columns — time activity room. I had to read a piece of it for a class but ended up finishing the whole book in eprec end. I love the list of everything he ate for a year. This volume contains a selection of Georges Perec’s non-fiction works, along with a charming short story, ‘The Winter Journey’.