Life: A User's Manual

Author(s): Georges Perec

Fiction

This marvellous book is one of the most ingenious works of modern fiction, an entire microcosm brought to life in a Paris apartment block.


Serge Valene wants to create an elaborate painting of the building he has made his home for the last sixty years. As he plans his picture, he contemplates the lives of all the people he has ever known there. Chapter by chapter, the narrative moves around the building revealing a marvellously diverse cast of characters in a series of ever more unlikely tales, which range from an avenging murderer to an eccentric English millionaire who has devised the ultimate pastime...


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'The last major event in the history of the novel' Italo Calvino

'The last major event in the history of the novel' Italo Calvino

Georges Perec (1936-82) won the Prix Renaudot in 1965 for his first novel Things: A Story of the Sixties, and went on to exercise his unrivalled mastery of language in almost every imaginable kind of writing, from the apparently trivial to the deeply personal. He composed acrostics, anagrams, autobiography, criticism, crosswords, descriptions of dreams, film scripts, heterograms, lipograms, memories, palindromes, plays, poetry, radio plays, recipes, riddles, stories short and long, travel notes, univocalics, and, of course, novels. Life: A User's Manual, which draws on many of Perec's other works, appeared in 1978 after nine years in the making and was acclaimed a masterpiece to put beside Joyce's Ulysses. It won the Prix Medicis and established Perec's international reputation.

General Fields

  • : 9780099449256
  • : Vintage Publishing
  • : Vintage Classics
  • : December 2007
  • : 196mm X 132mm X 35mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 608
  • : Modern fiction
  • : Georges Perec
  • : Paperback
  • : New edition
  • : 843.914