An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris by Georges PerecAn Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris by Georges Perec

An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris

byGeorges PerecTranslated byMarc Lowenthal

Paperback | September 30, 2010

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One overcast weekend in October 1974, Georges Perec set out in quest of the "infraordinary": the humdrum, the non-event, the everyday--"what happens," as he put it, "when nothing happens." His choice of locale was Place Saint-Sulpice, where, ensconced behind first one café window, then another, he spent three days recording everything to pass through his field of vision: the people walking by; the buses and driving-school cars caught in their routes; the pigeons moving suddenly en masse; a wedding (and then a funeral) at the church in the center of the square; the signs, symbols and slogans littering everything; and the darkness that finally absorbs it all. In An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris, Perec compiled a melancholic, slightly eerie and oddly touching document in which existence boils down to rhythm, writing turns into time and the line between the empirical and the surreal grows surprisingly thin.
George Perec was born in Paris on March 7, 1936 and was educated in Claude-Bernard and Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire. Perec was a parachutist in the French Military before he began publishing his writing in magazines like Partisans. Perec also wrote the book, Life: A Users Manual. Georges Perec died on March 3, 1982.
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Title:An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in ParisFormat:PaperbackDimensions:72 pages, 7 × 4.5 × 0.68 inPublished:September 30, 2010Publisher:Wakefield PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0984115528

ISBN - 13:9780984115525

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