Life, a User's Manual

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David R. Godine Publisher, 2009 - Fiction - 661 pages
11 Reviews
Over twenty years ago, Godine published the first English translation of Georges Perec's masterpiece, Life A User's Manual, hailed by the Times Literary Supplement, Boston Globe, and others as "one of the great novels of the century." We are now proud to announce a newly revised twentieth-anniversary edition of this classic. Structured around a single moment in time - 8:00 PM on June 23, 1975 - Perec's spellbinding puzzle begins in an apartment block in the XVIIth arrondissement of Paris where, chapter by chapter, room by room, the extraordinarily rich life of its inhabitants is marvelously revealed.
  

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User Review  - Conor - Goodreads

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User Review  - Jonfaith - Goodreads

Simultaneously so massive and yet so minute, allow a quick consulting of your Anti-Oedipus and then bring this to resolution. This novel brought considerable warmth and a curious attention to matters. Much like black bean hummus. Don't eat this book. Such requires a chuckle as I type. Read full review

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Contents

On the Stairs 1
3
Beaumont 1
7
Third Floor Right 1
11
Marquiseaux 1
15
Foulerot 1
18
Breidel Servants Quarters 1
20
Morellet Servants Quarters 2
23
Winckler 1
28
Fresnel Servants Quarters 10
287
On the Stairs 8
297
Madame Orlowska Servants Quarters 11
299
Gratiolet 1
307
Hutting 3
314
Cinoc 1
324
Berger 1
330
Altamont 3
334

Nieto and Rogers Servants Quarters 3
38
Jane Sutton Servants Quarters 4
40
Hutting 1
42
Reol 1
46
Rorschach 1
48
Dinteville 1
55
Smaurf Servants Quarters 5
58
Celia Crespi Servants Quarters 6
65
On the Stairs 2
66
Rorschach 2
70
Altamont 1
75
Moreau 1
77
In the Boiler Room 1
83
Entrance Hall 1
93
Moreau 2
109
Marcia 1
116
Altamont 2
120
Bartlebooth 1
128
Rorschach 3
135
On the Stairs 3
142
Third Floor Right 2
148
Marquiseaux 2
152
Beaumont 3
155
Marcia 2
173
Basement 1
175
On the Stairs 4
180
The Concierges Office
185
On the Stairs 5
190
Louvet 1
191
Lift Machinery 1
192
Marcia 3
195
Beaumont 4
199
Marquiseaux 3
205
On the Stairs 6
209
Foulerot 2
210
Winckler 2
216
Plassaert 1
222
Monsieur Jerome Servants Quarters 7
231
Dinteville 2
235
Madame Albin Servants Quarters 8
239
On the Stairs 7
242
Foulerot 3
250
Valene Servants Quarters 9
257
Plassaert 2
265
Winckler 3
274
Plassaert 3
280
Service Entrance
340
In the Boiler Room 2
341
SixtyFive Moreau 3
347
Marcia 4
359
Basement 2
367
On the Stairs 9
369
Altamont 4
372
Bartlebooth 2
375
Moreau 4
385
Basement 3
389
Marcia 5
393
Lift Machinery 2
405
Marcia 6
408
Basement 4
413
Louvet 2
416
On the Stairs 10
418
On the Stairs 11
429
Bartlebooth 3
433
Rorschach 4
444
Gratiolet 2
447
Hutting 3
450
Cinoc 2
463
Berger 2
469
EightySix Rorschach 5
472
EightySeven Bartlebooth 4
476
EightyEight Altamont 5
493
Moreau 5
506
Entrance Hall 2
511
Basement 5
515
Louvet 3
519
Third Floor Right 3
525
On the Stairs 12
527
Rorschach 6
531
Dinteville 3
538
Hutting 4
546
Reol 2
550
Bartlebooth 5
560
Epilogue
567
11 Rue SimonCrubellier
569
Index
573
Chronology
639
Alphabetical Checklist
649
Postscript
655
Translators Note
657
Note on the Revised Edition
659
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

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. Perec is noted for his constrained writing: his 300-page novel La disparition (1969) is a lipogram, written without ever using the letter "e". Georges Perec died on March 3, 1982.

David Bellos is the author of a number of award-winning literary biographies and the winner of the inaugural Man Booker International Prize for translation in 2005. He lives in New Jersey and teaches French, Italian, and Comparative literature at Princeton University.

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