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Description - Life by Georges Perec

One of the most dazzling and ingeniously contrived works of twentieth centrury fiction, anentire microcosm brought to life in a Paris apartment block. Serge Valene, one of the inhabitants of the apartment block, has conceived the idea of painting which will show in exact detail the inside of each apartment within the building, ever person, every object. As he thinks of his picture, he contemplates the lives of all the people he has ever know or heard about in sixty years living there. Chapter by chapter, room by room, the narrative moves around the building, revealing as it does so a marvellously diverse cast of characters in a series of ever more unlikely tales, which range from an avenging murderer to an eccentric English millionaire who has devised the ultimate pastime...

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099449256
ISBN-10: 0099449250
Format: Paperback
(199mm x 130mm x 38mm)
Pages: 608
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 3-Apr-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Georges Perec

Georges Perec (1936-82) won the Prix Renaudot in 1965 for his first novel Things- A Story of the Sixties, and went on to exercise his unrivalled mastery of language in almost every imaginable kind of writing, from the apparently trivial to the deeply personal. He composed acrostics, anagrams, autobiography, criticism, crosswords, descriptions of dreams, film scripts, heterograms, lipograms, memories, palindromes, plays, poetry, radio plays, recipes, riddles, stories short and long, travel notes, univocalics, and, of course, novels. Life- A User's Manual, which draws on many of Perec's other works, appeared in 1978 after nine years in the making and was acclaimed a masterpiece to put beside Joyce's Ulysses. It won the Prix Medicis and established Perec's international reputation.

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