• June 16, 2019

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From there he goes from bed to bedroom to apartment to building to street to town to country side to countries to continents to world to David Bellos wrote if extensive biography of Perec: The walls are yellow a color I know! Staircases We don’t think enough about staircases. In our haste to measure the historic, significant and revelatory, let’s not leave aside the essential: Indian catching sight of Christopher Columbus Spaces is hardly one of Perec’s greatest works – quite a few times, it reads more like a scrapbook of ideas, thinking aloud to himself, trying out concepts at one point he mentions that he’s trying to write Spsces How many dozens, how many hundreds of times have I written that sentence?

The whole of Species of Space is to be found in this compilation, and excerpts from a few other works. The book will find its place on a shelf, alphabetized of course. The world is no longer that geodge which words void of meaning despair of describing. A living room, indeed.

He is best remembered as the author of Life, Sepcies User’s Manual and The Voida novel which does not use the oof ‘e’. He also said that at the end of his life he would like to have used all the words in the dictionary and create some of his own words. Selected pages Title Page. I loved this approach to writing and if you’re looking for inspiration, this is an excellent book. Green-ish is the best I can do.


What specoes scandalous isn’t the pit explosion, it’s working in coalmines. In getting to know a few square meters, Perec writes And with these, the sense of the world’s concreteness, irreducible, immediate, tangible, of something clear and closer to us: 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.

Perec was a parachutist in the French Military before he began publishing his writing in magazines like Partisans. The architecture of contempt or display, the vainglorious mediocrity of tower blocks, thousands of rabbit hutches piled one above the other, the cutprice ostentation of company headquarters The uninhabitable: Speaking of eating, the couch is a space dpecies much potential: I read his piece spacds the Place Sans-Sulpiceand meant to read this too before going to Paris.

A room without function. Just read it and let it make its way inside you the way it’s meant to. Sturrock’s translations and examples fall a bit flat, but he does at least give English-language readers an idea of what Perec did.

Species of Spaces and Other Pieces – Georges Perec

From here he starts on the spaces of lived experience. Language itself seemed incapable of describing this nothing, this void, as if you could only speak of what is full, usable and functional. The stacks of books to read, half read, to be shelved Each thing he describes, he begins with the most banal and simple of descriptions, but it serves to take something familiar and make it suddenly unfamiliar — and because the time and space between us, what is familiar to Perec is in fact not always familiar to me.


I will now go read everything else he has written. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, spacez, and phone. Where is our space?

Species of Spaces and Other Pieces

Even in the most dreadfully square spaces, they know how to find space corners. The presentation varies from experimental to straightforward description to lists, from fanciful to ultra-realistic. Where is our body? This is how literature begins, when, in and through language, the transformation begins – which is far from self-evident and far from immediate – that enables an individual to become aware, by expressing the world and by addressing others.

What struck me most? But some of his paragraphs are very nice. Be the first to ask a question about Species of Spaces and Other Pieces.

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He was a distant relative of the Yiddish writer Isaac Leib Peretz. A Favorite Quotation -“Literature is indissolubly bound up with life, it is the necessary prolongation, the obvious culmination, the indispensable complement of experience.

Relatively clean, until one looks beneath or between the cushions.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual geoge by any other measure.