Species of Spaces and Other Pieces (Penguin Classics) [Georges Perec, John Sturrock] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. “One of the most . One of the most significant literary personalities in the world.”—Italo Calvino Georges Perec, author of the highly acclaimed. Georges Perec, author of th highly acclaimed Life: A User’s Manual, was only forty-six when he Species if Spaces / Especes d’espaces. (). For Pien e.

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They are expected to form a line, and it’s a serious defect in them when they don’t do so.

View all 6 comments. If you haven’t heard of Perec, there is a chance you might have heard of one of his books. In other sections there are other attempts to classify, survey, set fast: It is a living, difficult reality that the power of words gradually overcomes. Perec also wrote the book, Life: How many dozens, how many hundreds of times have I written that sentence?

Species of Spaces and Other Pieces

Its subject is — spaces. On to the countryside.

Two alternating narratives make up the volume: Moreover, the writing style is dry and crackling, uncooperative, choppy, sluggish. He was a distant relative of the Yiddish writer Isaac Leib Peretz. I will now go read everything else he has written. Quello che succede di notevole.

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A puzzle, recurring styles, so many good meals and sunburns. Not “without exact function”, but exactly without function; not multi-functional anyone can do that but afunctional.

His life doesn’t always figure at the forefront of his fiction or his work generallybut it is almost always part of it, on some level. For most people of my kind, the country is a decorative space surrounding their second home He had the keenest 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.


Since the name ‘Georges Perec’ is full of ‘e’s, the disappearance of the letter also ensures the author’s own ‘disappearance’. There are three lamps from a set—housewarming gifts from, I believe, my sister.

Selected pages Title Page. It also includes some of his commonplace observations about these objects: This makes me realize that I forgot one and probably many more more thing one can do on the couch: Not at all satisfying. Many of his novels and essays abound with experimental wordplay, lists and attempts at classification, and they are usually tinged with melancholy.

No single work by Spcies can be called typical, but this one comes fairly close to being a representative work. La gente nelle strade: Nothing was more beautiful in old houses than the staircases. Account Options Sign in. Trivia About Species of Spaces If you want beautifully rendered belles-lettres about everything and nothing, spces he should be right up your alley.

I was expecting something difficult to read, but the only part that went over my head were the word games at the end of the book, kudos to anyone who knew the answers to these and I sspecies loved reading about them. Adjective — Designating specirs characterized by a variation that occurs in a period of twenty-four hours, especially corresponding to the contrast between day and night.

We don’t question it, it doesn’t question us, it doesn’t seem to pose a problem, we live it without thinking, as if carried within neither questions nor answers Mar 21, Dpaces rated it it was amazing Shelves: I initially planned to review each piece separately, but there are like 25 of them. In this slender volume of spatial meditations, lists, word games, and other odd ends, Perec as a person shines forth.


It seems to me, in any case, that in the ideal dividing-up of today’s apartments functionality functions in accordance with a procedure that is unequivocal, georhes and nycthemeral.

Species of Spaces and Other Pieces – Georges Perec

He returns and describes it shop by shop, building by building, sign by sign, at different times of day all noted of course in FebruaryJuneJanuaryNovemberNovemberNovember Scout is allowed on the couch. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole.

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: Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Species of Spaces and Other Pieces is a collection of Perec’s “non-fictional and occasional writings”. This volume contains a selection of Georges Perec’s non-fiction works, along with a charming short story, ‘The Winter Journey’.

We sleep through our lives in a dreamless sleep. I was born on 7. The street his family lived on, where he lived until he was five. Oxford Dictionary From here he proceeds to give an outline in three columns — time activity room. He approaches it from multiple directions, but almost none of them overlap with such work. Oct 09, Courtney rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: 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.