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Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. George Perec produced some of the most entertaining and spirited essays of his age, and Species of Spaces and Other Pieces is edited and translated from the French with an introduction by John Sturrock in Penguin Classics.
Georges Perec, author of Life: A User’s Manualwas one of the most surprising and enjoyable of all modern French writers. The pieces in this volume show George Perec produced some of the most entertaining and spirited essays of his age, and Species of Spaces and Other Pieces is edited and translated from the French with an introduction by John Sturrock in Penguin Classics.
The pieces in this volume show him to be at times playful, more serious at other, but writing always with the lightest of touches.
He had the keenest of eyes for the ‘infra-ordinary’, the things we do every day – eating, sleeping, working – and the places we do them in without giving them a moment’s thought. But behind the lightness and humour, there is also the sadness of a French Jewish boy who lost his parents in the Second World War and found comfort in the material world around him, and above all in writing.
This volume contains a selection of Georges Perec’s non-fiction works, along with a charming short story, ‘The Winter Journey’. It includes notes and an introduction describing Perec’s life and career.
Georges Perec was born in Paris, the son of Polish Jews. After his father was killed in the Army, and his mother deported to Auschwitz where she later died, Perec was adopted by his aunt and uncle.
Working for most of his life as an archivist, Perec was one of the most important post-war French novelists. He is best remembered as the author of Life, A User’s Manual and The Voida novel which does not use the letter ‘e’. Paperbackpages.
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Species of Spaces and Other Pieces
He can blow on his hands to warm them up, and blow on his soup to cool it down. He also said that at the end of his life he would like to have used peerc the words in the dictionary and create some of his own words.
One can only imagine the many books Georges Perec would have written if he lived to be 86 instead of dying of lung cancer at Ah, Georges, speckes as celebration; language as game; language as play.
As a way of reviewing this marvelous collection, I peerc cite a few quotes and offer brief comments on one essay, a 95 pager, where Perec writes about spaces moving from the micro to the macro, starting with The Page, The Bed, The Bedroom, The Apartment, The Apartment Building, The Street.
Is the aleph, that place in Borges from which the entire world is visible simultaneously, anything other than the alphabet?
To view the Borgesian aleph, that all-seeing sphere, as the alphabet from which all words are created. And once words are created, is there any object or space, concept or material reality, large or small, gross or subtle, that cannot be labeled, marked, identified, described or categorized by words? The same goes for the bed.
The bed or, if you prefer, the page is a rectangular space, longer than it is wide, in which, or on which, we normally lie longways.
We can imagine well enough what a gustatorium might be, or an auditory, but one might wonder what a seeery might look like, or a smellery or a feelery. Note down what you can see. Anything worthy of note going on. Is there anything that strikes you?
You must set about it more slowly, almost stupidly. Force yourself to write down what is of no interest, what is most obvious, most common, most colourless. As Georges Perec said in his interview, the empty spaces he leaves after his death are an invitation for others to continue the play and game of language and writing.
And in this essay he keeps on expanding: View all 3 comments. First time reading Perec. It felt strange, real, dreamy and at times, too honest. And i believe, the more time passes, the more i am into the book.
I think, in order to properly review Species of Spaces you have to be as genius as Perec was and I’m not. I don’t think there’s any point in talking about this little book. Just read it and let it make its way inside you the way it’s meant to. It must also be quite an experience to read it under the influence of hallucinogenics, although, it can act like one by itself.
View all 6 comments. 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.
It will have you thinking deeply of your dining table, your home, your garden, your street, your town, and beyond. Perec was simply one of kind. My personal view is that we were robbed of one of one the geniuses of our time. Had he been around for longer, I am sure his work would 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.
Had he been around for longer, I am sure his work would have got better and better. Not that there was anything wrong with it in the first place. Perec pays close attention when I say close attention, I REALLY mean close attention to everything around him, zooming out from the page he writes on the the whole of the space and it’s nature, along the way he observes things as simple as a man locking his car to go to the store, the number and types of places he has slept in, and what happens to the picture and the wall its hung on, all in an inviting, welcoming voice.
He feels like a friend, not just a writer.
You don’t want to leave his company. Part of this inviting friendliness comes from him inviting you to do the same as him. Simply Observe everything around you. Not just observation exercises, it goes deeper than that. In Species, Perec with a warm handshake entices you to look around your own city without boring you with actual full examples of exhaustive lists, making this work an enjoyable read rather than a trite and boring one.
It’s an eye-opener, and reading Perec certainly makes you feel truly alive, he will drag you out of a slumber, and give you a shot of Espresso with this book. He peels layers off the world around us like casually picking away at a piece of fruit. The bonus – a short story ‘The Winter’s Journey is also included, which is pretty darn good as well!
How could one write a book about that? Perec writes of the various spaces in which we live. Both left and right. Small white gaps in-between words. Larger ones in-between paragraphs. I travel to Paris. I travel to cafes and apartments and streets and metros and countrysides. I travel back in time. I travel, with limitless potential, through my own mind. This travel affects the book.
The book will find its place on a shelf, alphabetized of course. But it may lie horizontally atop the other Perecs due to lack of space on the shelf. Although most of it was read in the bed, Perec does a chapter on the bed. The first thing that this space now makes me painfully aware of is my woefully limited vocabulary when it comes to colors.
Green-ish is the best I can do.
One white thread sticking out note: Relatively clean, until one looks beneath or between the cushions. Then dog hair and various debris pebbles?! And one of those little Cadbury mini-eggs. Speaking of eating, the couch is a space of much potential: This couch has been in two houses. It was not there to be sat upon; rather, it was there to wait for the impending move into my house.
Thus, the matching chaise lounge was acquired later. Now the couch and chaise serve as the primary spaces on which one can sit or lie etc. Scout is allowed on the couch. That explains the dog hair beneath and in-between the cushions. I am in charge of vacuuming, which also explains the dog hair beneath and in-between the cushions of the couch.
I spend a lot of time on the couch.