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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Mi piace pfrec passare in un posto che non vedevo da tempo. It is such an intimate look at a life so like mine it is uncanny, a friendship across years and miles. As a way of reviewing this marvelous collection, I will cite a few quotes and offer brief comments on one essay, a 95 pager, where Perec writes about spaces moving from spacss micro to the macro, starting with The Page, The Bed, The Bedroom, The Apartment, The Apartment Building, The Street.

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To live is to pass from one space to another, while doing your very best not to bump yourself. Merleau-Ponty, Rilke, and even Gaston Bachelard write rings around this guy.

He seems to operate best at paragraph length. In retrospect, I see that the description of this space was largely an inventory of items populating the space; however, how easily one can glean all sorts of things about life my life from that inventory.

Normally, I don’t like it when folks do that.

To ask other readers questions about Species of Spaces and Other Piecesplease sign up. You must set about it more slowly, almost stupidly. I love the list of everything he ate for a year.


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. 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. Working for most of his life as an archivist, Perec was one of the most important post-war French novelists.

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 Life: Green-ish is the best I can do.

A User’s Manual, was only forty-six when he died in From here he starts on the spaces of lived experience. The presentation varies from experimental to straightforward description to lists, from fanciful to specids.

The world is no longer that chaos which words void of meaning despair of describing. Can a super separate the main edition of a book?

Except maybe the novel without the letter e. But where is our life? He was a distant relative of the Yiddish writer Isaac Leib Peretz. I wonder what Perec would have made of the Megabyte. Want to Read saving….

Species of Spaces and Other Pieces

I also loved that this ended with some of Perec’s impossible, also slightly problematic word games constructed for his friends, and a few from the translator. Why he thought anyone would give a greasy slap on the ass about any of this I cannot imagine. This is one of those books where you feel the world around you expand, it’s an enlightening and stimulating experience, dynamic, inspirational even, it will open your mind to architecture, furniture, and space dynamics.


Perec writes of the various spaces in which we live.

Only an utter egomaniac could think anyone would want to hear such long and driveling descriptions of the lowest level minutiae of their lives. It just goes to prove that oftentimes the best things come in small packages.

The complete review ‘s Review:. The first piece presented here, the title piece “I was born” begins: What is scandalous isn’t the pit explosion, it’s working in coalmines.

I had to read a piece of it for a class but ended up finishing the whole book in the end. Not “without exact function”, but exactly without function; not multi-functional anyone can do that but afunctional. Moreover, the writing style is dry and crackling, uncooperative, choppy, sluggish. Larger ones in-between paragraphs.

Perec essentially looks at the various “Spaces” we inhabit in our everyday lives – from our bedrooms to our city blocks to I read his piece on the Place Sans-Sulpiceand meant to read this too before going to Paris. I particularly love how Perec is obsessed with space, but approaches it completely differently than would a planner, an architect, an urbanist. 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 Just read it and let it make its way inside you the way it’s meant to.