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Title:Life A User's Manual
Format Type:Ebook
Author:Georges Perec, David Bellos
Publisher:David R. Godine, Publisher
ISBN:0879237511
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Number of Pages:581
Category:Fiction, France, Classics, Literature, French literature

Life A User's Manual by Georges Perec, David Bellos

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Life A User's Manual Life is an unclassified masterpiece a sprawling compendium as encyclopedic as Dante s Commedia and Chaucer s Canterbury Tales and in its break with tradition as inspiring as Joyce s Ulysses Perec s spellbinding puzzle begins in an apartment block in the XVIIth arrondissement of Paris where chapter by chapter room by room like an onion being peeled and extraordinary rich cast of characters is revealed in a series of tales that are bizarre unlikely moving funny or sometimes quite ordinary From the confessions of a racing cyclist to the plans of an avenging murderer from a young ethnographer obsessed with a Sumatran tribe to the death of a trapeze artist from the fears of an ex croupier to the dreams of a sex change pop star to an eccentric English millionaire who has devised the ultimate pastime Life is a manual of human irony portraying the mixed marriages of fortunes passions and despairs betrayals and bereavements of hundreds of lives in Paris and around the world .

But the novel in more than an extraordinary range of fictions it is a closely observed account of life and experience The apartment block s one hundred rooms are arranged in a magic square and the book as a whole is peppered with a staggering range of literary puzzles and allusions acrostics problems of chess and logic crosswords and mathematical formulae All are there for the reader to solve in the best tradition of the detective novel

Life A User's Manual

Life is an unclassified masterpiece a sprawling compendium as encyclopedic as Dante s Commedia and Chaucer s Canterbury Tales and in its break with tradition as inspiring as Joyce s Ulysses Perec s spellbinding puzzle begins in an apartment block in the XVIIth arrondissement of Paris where chapter by chapter room by room like an onion being peeled and extraordinary rich cast of characters is revealed in a series of tales that are bizarre unlikely moving funny or sometimes quite ordinary From the confessions of a racing cyclist to the plans of an avenging murderer from a young ethnographer obsessed with a Sumatran tribe to the death of a trapeze artist from the fears of an ex croupier to the dreams of a sex change pop star to an eccentric English millionaire who has devised the ultimate pastime Life is a manual of human irony portraying the mixed marriages of fortunes passions and despairs betrayals and bereavements of hundreds of lives in Paris and around the world br br But the novel in more than an extraordinary range of fictions it is a closely observed account of life and experience The apartment block s one hundred rooms are arranged in a magic square and the book as a whole is peppered with a staggering range of literary puzzles and allusions acrostics problems of chess and logic crosswords and mathematical formulae All are there for the reader to solve in the best tradition of the detective novel


A Void

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Species of Spaces and Other Pieces

Georges Perec author of the highly acclaimed Life A User s Manual was only forty six when he died in Despite a tragic childhood during which his mother was deported to Auschwitz Perec produced some of the most entertaining essays of the age His literary output was deliberately varied in form and style and this generous selection of Perec s non fictional work the first to appear in English demonstrates his characteristic lightness of touch wry humour and accessibility As he contemplates the many ways in which we occupy the space around us as he depicts the commonplace items with which we are familiar in a startling engrossing way as he recounts his psychoanalysis while remaining reticent about his feelings or depicts the Paris of his childhood without a trace of sentimentality we become aware that we are in the presence of a remarkable virtuoso writer


W, or the Memory of Childhood

Combining fiction and autobiography in a quite unprecedented way Georges Perec leads the reader inexorably towards the horror that lies at the origin of the post World War Two world and at the crux of his own identity


Les choses

L F Les choses C est un titre qui intrigue qui alimente les malentendus Plut t qu un livre sur les choses au fond n avez vous pas crit un livre sur le bonheur G P C est qu il y a je pense entre les choses du monde moderne et le bonheur un rapport oblig Une certaine richesse de notre civilisation rend un type de bonheur possible on peut parler en ce sens comme d un bonheur d rly des moquettes profondes d une figure actuelle du bonheur qui fait je crois que pour tre heureux il faut tre absolument moderne Ceux qui se sont imagin que je condamnais la soci t de consommation n ont vraiment rien compris mon livre Mais ce bonheur demeure un possible car dans notre soci t capitaliste c est choses promises ne sont pas choses dues Ce texte fait r f rence une dition puis e ou non disponible de ce titre


Things: A Story of the Sixties; A Man Asleep

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Un homme qui dort

Tu as vingt cinq ans et vingt neuf dents trois chemises et huit chaussettes quelques livres que tu ne lis plus quelques disques que tu n coutes plus n as pas envie de te souvenir d autre chose ni de ta famille ni de tes tudes ni de tes amours ni de tes amis ni de tes vacances ni de tes projets Tu as voyag et tu n as rien rapport de tes voyages Tu es assis et tu ne veux qu attendre attendre seulement jusqu ce qu il n y ait plus rien attendre que vienne la nuit que sonnent les heures que les jours s en aillent que les souvenirs s estompent C est en ces termes que le narrateur s adresse lui m me un homme qui dort qui va se laisser envahir par la torpeur et faire l exp rience de l indiff rence absolue


An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris

One overcast weekend in October Georges Perec set out in quest of the infraordinary the humdrum the non event the everyday what happens as he put it when nothing happens His choice of locale was Place Saint Sulpice where ensconced behind first one cafe window then another he spent three days recording everything to pass through his field of vision the people walking by the buses and driving school cars caught in their routes the pigeons moving suddenly en masse a wedding and then a funeral at the church in the center of the square the signs symbols and slogans littering everything and the darkness that finally absorbs it all In i An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris i Perec compiled a melancholic slightly eerie and oddly touching document in which existence boils down to rhythm writing turns into time and the line between the empirical and the surreal grows surprisingly thin


The Art of Asking Your Boss for a Raise

A long suffering employee in a big corporation has summoned up the courage to ask for a raise But as he runs through the coming encounter in his mind his neuroses come to the surface What s the best day to see the boss What if he doesn t offer you a seat when you go into his office And should you ask that tricky question about his daughter s illness br br You can try to navigate these difficult decisions for yourself at a target blank href http www theartofaskingyourbossforaraise com rel nofollow www theartofaskingyourbossforaraise com a br br i The Art of Asking Your Boss for a Raise i is a hilarious account of an employee losing his identity and possibly his sanity as he tries to put on the most acceptable face for the corporate world with its rigid hierarchies and hostility to ideas and innovation If he follows a certain course of action so this logic goes he will succeed but in accepting these conditions are his attempts to challenge his world of work doomed from the outset br br Neurotic and pessimistic yet endearing comic and never less than entertaining Perec s Woody Allen esque underling presents an acute and penetrating vision of the world of office work as pertinent today as it was when it was written in


Quel petit vélo à guidon chromé au fond de la cour?

De temps autre il est bon qu un po te que n effraie pas l air rar fi des cimes ose s lever au dessus du vulgaire pour dans un souffle pique exalter notre aujourd hui Car ne nous y trompons pas ces courageux jeunes gens qui au plus fort de la guerre ont tout tent en vain h las pour viter l enfer alg rien un jeune militaire qui criait gr ce ce sont les vrais successeurs d Ajax et d Achille d Hercule et de T l maque des Argonautes des Trois Mousquetaires et m me du Capitaine Nemo de Saint Exup ry de Teilhard de Chardin br Quant aux lecteurs que les vertus de l pop e laissent insensibles ils trouveront dans ce petit livre suffisamment de digressions et de parenth ses pour y glaner leur plaisir et en particulier une recette de riz aux olives qui devrait satisfaire les plus difficiles


Things: A Story of the Sixties; A Man Asleep, Les choses, W, or the Memory of Childhood, An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris, The Art of Asking Your Boss for a Raise, A Void, Quel petit vélo à guidon chromé au fond de la cour?, Life A User's Manual, Species of Spaces and Other Pieces, Un homme qui dort