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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Dec 27, John rated it really liked it. Quite, quite mad. There is something about Perec and very few other writers and artists that is in common with magicians and serial killers: that they go to enormous and unfeasible lengths to achieve highly specific aims.
Oct 27, Barry rated it it was ok. Mostly for only the die-hard fan. More engaging than the rest, however, is the last and longest piece, a collaboration with Harry Mathews, "Roussel and Venice. Deli bu Perec. Oct 16, Huibert rated it really liked it. Aug 05, Sasluu rated it it was amazing. An absolutely fantastic spoof on academic writing its uniform, uniforming and self-uniforming style, its rigid format, its solemn codes, its anal retentive provision against plagiarism, its ghostly but also ghastly boundaries, its constipation, its repression, its common sense —which of course always comes across as madness, pure and simple, its pathetic peer review neurosis and its unadulterated mediocrity.
Perec reproduces all of that with astonishing accuracy in a very intense parodic key t An absolutely fantastic spoof on academic writing its uniform, uniforming and self-uniforming style, its rigid format, its solemn codes, its anal retentive provision against plagiarism, its ghostly but also ghastly boundaries, its constipation, its repression, its common sense —which of course always comes across as madness, pure and simple, its pathetic peer review neurosis and its unadulterated mediocrity.
Perec reproduces all of that with astonishing accuracy in a very intense parodic key that he manages to sustain for the entirety of the book. He is all out to get academia, as we should all be. Of course being him and Oulipo of which I'd never read a thing until this book, but I did know a bit about the crazy things they were up to, that gang of clever, clever people , being him and Oulipo: he takes the parody beyond itself.
The book isn't written with the sole purpose of turning everything despicable about academic writing into an object of unashamed mockery, but it is also, simultaneously, a way of telling extremely moving stories. Each of those formally constipated and, for that reason, extremely hilarious academic papers, is a profoundly beautiful story in disguise, so you have both parody of the kind that will make you laugh out loud in public places, and food for the imagination, for thought, like you find in you when you read Romeo and Juliet or, more accurately, Romeo and Giulio, and not in Verona but in Venice here I'm referring specifically to the last "scientific paper" in the compilation, "Roussel and Venice: Outline of a Melancholy Geography.
Nov 24, Samuel Mullen rated it really liked it. I thought that the piece on Roussel was tiring in a particularly oulipian way cf. Good to reread. Du grand Perec. Christelle rated it liked it Feb 26, Stella Kowalski rated it it was amazing Mar 28, Gunnar Carlson rated it liked it Nov 01, Josh Ronsen rated it really liked it Jan 26, Sergio Frosini rated it liked it Jan 07, Luigi rated it it was amazing Aug 14, Alberto Trombetta rated it liked it Feb 14, Amy rated it really liked it Dec 18, Michael rated it it was ok Aug 09, Matthew rated it really liked it Mar 11, Lonelyreader rated it it was ok Jun 25, Laurent rated it really liked it Sep 02, Rudj rated it it was amazing Aug 28, Merve Bayrak rated it really liked it Sep 18, Tolga rated it it was amazing Jun 05, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
Readers also enjoyed. About Georges Perec. Georges Perec. Georges Perec was a highly-regarded French novelist, filmmaker, and essayist. He was a member of the Oulipo group. Many of his novels and essays abound with experimental wordplay, lists, and attempts at classification, and they are usually tinged with melancholy.
He was a distant relative of the Yiddish writer Isaac Leib Peretz. The 99 chapters of this page piece move like a knight's tour of a chessboard around the room plan of a Paris apartment building, describing the rooms and stairwell and telling the stories of the inhabitants.
Cantatrix Sopranica L. All the references in the paper are multi-lingual puns and jokes, e. Perec is also noted for his constrained writing: his page novel La disparition is a lipogram, written without ever using the letter "e". The silent disappearance of the letter might be considered a metaphor for the Jewish experience during the Second World War.
Since the name 'Georges Perec' is full of 'e's, the disappearance of the letter also ensures the author's own 'disappearance'. His novella Les revenentes is a complementary univocalic piece in which the letter "e" is the only vowel used.
This constraint affects even the title, which would conventionally be spelt Revenantes. It has been remarked by Jacques Roubaud that these two novels draw words from two disjoint sets of the French language, and that a third novel would be possible, made from the words not used so far those containing both "e" and a vowel other than "e".
W ou le souvenir d'enfance, W, or, the Memory of Childhood, is a semi-autobiographical work which is hard to classify. Two alternating narratives make up the volume: one, a fictional outline of a totalitarian island country called "W", patterned partly on life in a concentration camp; and the second, descriptions of childhood.
Both merge towards the end when the common theme of the Holocaust is explained. Perec was a heavy smoker throughout his life, and was diagnosed with lung cancer in He died the following year in Ivry-sur-Seine at only forty-five-years old.
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