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Georges Perec (1936 - 1982)

Lifespan: 1936 - 1982

Related: 1900s literature - postmodern literature - experimental literature - French literature

In 1969, France’s Georges Perec published an experiment in constrained writing: La Disparition, a novel that did not include the letter “e.” It was translated into English in 1995 by Gilbert Adair as “A Void.” [Aug 2006]

Things: A Story of the Sixties (1965) - Georges Perec [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Perec's Things reflects Roland Barthes's 1957 Mythologies, in which Barthes used semiological concepts in the analysis of myths and signs in contemporary culture. [Aug 2006]

A Man Asleep (1967) - Georges Perec [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Perec's A Man Asleep is partly inspired by Melville's short story Bartleby The story is written in the second person singular, the title is derived from Proust's sentence "a man asleep gathers round him the flow of time." The story is a journey to the limit of indifference. [Sept 2006]


Georges Perec (March 7, 1936 - March 3, 1982) was a 20th century French novelist, filmmaker and essayist, a member of the Oulipo group and considered by many to be one of the most important post-WWII authors. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georges Perec [Aug 2006]

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