Things: A Story of the Sixties

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David R. Godine Publisher, 1990 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 224 pages
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Two trailblazing novels by Georges Perec, Things: Jerome and Sylvie, the young upwardly mobile couple, lust for the good life. They wanted life's enjoyment, but this equated to ownership. A Man Asleep: A nameless student attempts to purify himself entirely of material desires and ambitions.
  

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Review: Things: A Story of the Sixties; A Man Asleep

User Review  - Michael A - Goodreads

I give it three stars based on the two together. "Things" was by far my favourite book here. Perec, if only for "Life: A User's Manual", is one of my favourite people ever. Life is a wonderful book ... Read full review

Review: Things: A Story of the Sixties; A Man Asleep

User Review  - Josh Carswell - Goodreads

I have to disagree with nearly every other review here: Things is excellent but A Man Asleep was easily my favourite of the two, so if you've only read the former so far, get to it! A tough but ... Read full review

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About the author (1990)

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.

Andrew Leak is head of the French department at University College in London. He is the author of "The Perverted Consciousness: Sexuality and Sartre" and "Roland Barthes: Mythologies" and is the editor of "Sartre Studies International."

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