un homme qui ecrit

georges perec & chat noir.JPG
georges perec & chat noir.JPG

un homme qui ecrit

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#art/#history: it's international book day, don't you know? here's one of my faves, french author georges perec (who was born #otd in 1936). he's the one in the cardigan, not the cat - i'm pretty sure...
as a member of raymond queneau's oulipo group (workshop of potential literature/ouvroir de littérature potentielle) many of perec's writings deal with issues of loss & of missing pieces, but they explore these themes through plenty of word play. in the angloverse, his most recognised novel is 'life: a user's manual'. it's not at all a bad place to start - only, don't deprive yourself of any of his constrained method books. they feature lipograms, puns & other rules observed during the writing process. don't feel like reading? watch the 1974 adaptation of perec's novel, 'un homme qui dort'. stark & atmospheric, it will pull you into a stifling summer in paris. by the end, you'll feel as though you've discovered the secret to liberty. it's better than it sounds. as you can plainly see, perec was a complex & gentle human. he lost both of his parents to the second world war - his father to battle & his mum to the nazis. georges wore that cloak throughout his 45 short years & i give him a mind hug every time i read his stunning stuff.

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