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They are then said to be ‘subject to alignment’, meaning that they can by rights be demolished, so as to be rebuilt in a straight line with the others. 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: Is the aleph, that place in Borges from which the entire pedec is visible simultaneously, anything other than an alphabet?

Species of Spaces and Other Pieces is an excellent introduction to Perec’s work. This book is simply wonderful. In his novels, he seemed to exist more as a method, a way of writing. 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.

Species of Spaces and Other Pieces

I travel to Paris. Seas used as a dump, coastlines bristling with barbed wire, earth bare of vegetation, mass graves, piles of carcasses, boggy rivers, spexies that smell bad The uninhabitable: Again, the taken-for-granted of French housewife– working husband–child in school becomes estranged, and for me now so removed from such a life, really quite interesting.

All together, as I say, this was a book combining delight and insight.


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Species of Spaces and Other Pieces by Georges Perec

Georges Perec, author of the highly acclaimed Life: I initially planned to review each piece separately, but there are like 25 of them. This is a great collection to take your time over, and savor every word. Not surprisingly, Perec is still very much Perec even outside of the confines and restrictions of fiction. It must also be quite an experience to read it under the influence of hallucinogenics, although, it can act like one by itself. In short order you have a wonderful definition of our experience of space.

Had he been around for longer, I am sure his work would This is one of those books where you feel the yeorge around you expand, it’s an enlightening and stimulating experience, dynamic, inspirational even, it will open your mind to architecture, furniture, and space dynamics.

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, I feel, brightens the room, enlivening it so that it lives up to its name. It includes notes and an introduction describing Perec’s life and career.

The question is, how? Every chapter is about little else than this fetish of his. 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 oof this book. Is to live in a place to take gelrge of it?

It also includes some of his commonplace observations about these objects: This is not nearly as obvious, however.

Chi sceglie gli itinerari e in funzione di cosa? I had to read a piece of it for a class but ended up finishing the whole book in the end. I think, in order to properly review Species of Spaces you have to be as genius as Perec was and I’m not.


It is a great introduction to his style; if you can’t get into this, don’t bother with Perec. Not “without exact function”, but exactly without function; not multi-functional anyone can do that but afunctional. A User’s Manual and outlines some of his ideas for it. Two alternating narratives make up the volume: Oppure preparo accuratamente, sistematicamente un itinerario.

I was also fascinated by his pieces on categorisation and memory, speecies what makes all this so enjoyable is his playfulness. Indian catching sight of Christopher Columbus Spaces is hardly one of Perec’s greatest works – quite a few times, it reads more speciex a scrapbook of ideas, thinking aloud to himself, trying out fo at one point he mentions that he’s trying to write Life: Does that sound familiar?

Quello spwcies succede di notevole. I travel, with limitless potential, through my own mind.

Species of Spaces and Other Pieces – Georges Perec

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.

Why not set a higher value on dispersal? View all 3 comments. David Bellos wrote an extensive biography of Perec:

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