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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Part of this inviting friendliness comes from him inviting you to georfes the same as him. The titular piece Species of Spaces is a roughly page rumination on the spaces one inhabits, how one can define and capture those spaces, and a general taxonomy of spaces.

The first piece presented here, the title piece “I was born” begins: It felt strange, real, dreamy and at times, too honest. Refresh and try again. Just read it and let it make its way inside you the way it’s meant to. Language itself seemed incapable of describing this nothing, this void, as if you could only speak of what is full, usable and functional.

He is best remembered as the author of Life, A User’s Manual and The Voida novel which does not use the letter ‘e’. Space begins with that model map in the old editions of the Petit Larousse Illustrewhich used to represent something like 65 geographical terms in 60 sq, cm.

All space, specues inner or outer, from the smallest microscopical pore in our skin to the entire galaxy, can only be defined by the philosophical, physical, corporeal or conceptual limits we put on it.

You don’t want to leave his company. I am almost annoyed at this stolen peek at them, because I loved this so much I shall have to go back and read all the rest. Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs.

Jan 13, Pamela rated it it was amazing.

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If Perec were a film maker rather than a writer, this would probably be an extra feature on the Criterion edition of Life: The stacks of books to read, half read, to be shelved I loved this approach to writing and if you’re looking for inspiration, this is an excellent book. Except maybe the novel without the letter e.


Perec is noted for his constrained writing: To live is to pass from one space to another, while doing your very best not to bump yourself.

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. I particularly love how Perec is obsessed with space, but approaches it completely differently than would a planner, an architect, a George Perec is an author whose work fills me with delight, Species of Space and the other pieces found in this collection are wonderful.

The pieces in this section offer glimpses at parts of his life, from his parachuting experiences to a story of running away from home in his childhood to a list of “Some of the Things I Really Must Do Before I Die”.

Georges Perec, author of the highly acclaimed Life: Then to the Street. What is scandalous isn’t the pit explosion, it’s working in coalmines.

I’ve set myself a challenge to write a review for everything I read, to help me overcome some of the anxiety I feel when I’m trying to put my words onto a page.

All experience opens on to literature and all literature on to experience, and the path that leads from one to the other, whether it be literary creation or reading, establishes this relationship between the fragmentary and the whole, this passage from the anecdotal to the historical, this interplay between the general and the particular, between what is felt and what is understood, which form the very tissue of our consciousness.

Death of a Neighbourhood What I miss above all is the neighbourhood cinema, with its ghastly advertisements for the dry cleaner’s on the corner.

Species of Space It opens with this: Along with a new perspective on the written word, I am left looking at the space and objects surrounding me a little differently.


A collection of postcard messages rendered extraordinary by being grouped together.

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 spacea and space between us, what is familiar to Perec is in fact not always familiar to me.

View all 6 comments. Autobiography — and self-analysis, in all senses — are a preoccupation for Perec, constantly repeated, whether in writing “I was georgee on 7. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

The bonus – a spsces story ‘The Winter’s Journey is also included, which is pretty darn good as well! A heavy smoker throughout his life, Perec was diagnosed with lung cancer in and he died the following year in Ivry-sur-Seine at only forty-five years old.

Even in the autobiographical, W or the Memory of Childhood, the childhood reminiscences didn’t give us a terribly If you want a plot, or if you want a cohesive argument, then Perec isn’t for you. Un cane, di una specie rara levriero afgano?

My personal view is that we were robbed of one of one the geniuses of our time. OK, not chatting, but smoking a blunt and monologuing about all his clever takes on the world today.

Species of Spaces and Other Pieces

Note down what you can see. Apr 27, Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing. Jul 27, Stephanie McGarrah rated it it was amazing Shelves: He approaches it from multiple directions, but almost none of them overlap with such work. The pieces in this volume show him to be at gworges playful, more serious at other, but writing always with the lightest of touches.

I don’t know, and don’t want to know, where functionality begins or ends. Not at all satisfying.