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The presentation varies from experimental to straightforward description to lists, from fanciful to ultra-realistic.

But some of his paragraphs are very nice. Not in the “outer space” astronomical sense, but rather in the sense of how we take up space – how we inhabit it, how we imbue it. Note down what you can see.

It’s a piece of trivia I encountered many years before I came across its author. Georges Perec, author of Life: Species of Spaces and Other Pieces is an excellent introduction to Soaces work.

Species of Spaces and Other Pieces – Georges Perec

Lots of it, of course, also turns out not to be so mundane. In short, spaces have multiplied, been broken up and have diversified. Part of this inviting friendliness comes from him inviting you to do the same as him. I had to read a piece of it for a class but ended up finishing the whole book in the end. But I like it when Georges Perec does.

His literary output was deliberately varied in form and style geoorge this generous selection of Perec’s non-fictional work, the first to appear in English, demonstrates his characteristic lightness of touch, wry humour and accessibility. It wouldn’t be a storage room, or an extra bedroom, or a corridor, or a broom closet, or a corner.

Species of Spaces and Other Pieces by Georges Perec

A quote from Italo Calvino’s Cosmicomics. Perec was simply one of kind. My personal view is that we were robbed of one of one the geniuses of our time.


Selected pages Title Page. But it may lie horizontally atop the other Perecs due to lack of space on the shelf. This is how space begins, with words only, signs traced on the blank page. From here he starts on the spaces of lived experience. Green-ish is the best I can do. The Uninhabitable The uninhabitable: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

The whole of Species of Space is to be found in this compilation, and excerpts from a few other works. Since the name ‘Georges Perec’ is full of ‘e’s, the disappearance of the letter also ensures the author’s own ‘disappearance’. Placid small thought no 1 Any cat-owner will rightly tell you that cats inhabit houses much better than people do.

Not at all satisfying. It is a Perec-reader that offers a bit of most everything that Perec did, and considerable insight into the man himself.

Is to live in a place to take possession of it? I wish he’d lived longer, so we could have been friends. It’s an eye-opener, and reading Spacces certainly makes you feel truly alive, he will drag you out of geofge slumber, and give you a shot of Espresso with this book. Mi piace camminare per Parigi. Lists of things to do, lists of things he hasn’t done, lists of things he did once, lists of things he’ll never do again. Georges Perec died too young. I don’t know, zpaces don’t want to know, where functionality begins or ends.

David Bellos wrote an extensive biography of Perec: Although most of it was off in the bed, Perec does a chapter on the bed. If you haven’t heard of Perec, there is a chance you might have heard of one of his books. From there to the apartment. 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 sapces the very tissue of our consciousness.


There are lengthy quotes from other writers, sometimes intentionally misquoted. This couch has been in two houses. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

Species of Spaces and Other Pieces

If only I could thank him with a bottle of rum taken from a shipwreck at petec bottom of an ocean. Space as inventory, space as invention. The titular piece Species of Spaces is a roughly page rumination on the spaces one inhabits, how one can define and capture those spaces, and a general taxonomy of spaces.

Oppure preparo accuratamente, sistematicamente un itinerario. I loved this approach to writing and if you’re looking for inspiration, this is an excellent book.

Eprec are times when Perec is interesting, insightful, or charming, and there are other times and these are the majority when he is ostentatiously dull. Where is our body? Perec gives us this, a gift: It would surve no purpose, it would serve nothing.

Finally, Sturrock has a prec at presenting Perec’s New Year’s puzzles — verbal games which he devised for his friends, which Sturrock notes were: As he contemplates the many ways in which we occupy the space around us, as he depicts the commonplace items with which we are familiar in a startling, engrossing way, as he recounts his psychoanalysis while remaining reticent about his feelings or depicts the Paris of his childhood without a trace of sentimentality, we become aware that we are in the presence of a remarkable, virtuoso writer.

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.