Three by Perec

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David R. Godine Publisher, 2004 - Fiction - 187 pages
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Perec has rightfully assumed his position in the pantheon of truly original writers of the past century. Godine has issued all but one is his books in this country, including his masterpiece Life A User's Manual. Here, in one volume, are three "easy pieces" by the master of the verbal firecracker and Gallic wit. The novella "The Exeter Text" contains all those E's that were omitted from A Void (Perec hated waste) and no other vowel (honest). In "Which Moped with Chrome-Plated Handlebars at the Back of the Yard?" we are introduced to Sergeant Henri Pollak and his vehicle (the aforementioned moped) that carried him between Vincennes and Montparnasse; in "A Gallery Portrait," the sensation of the 1913 exhibition in Pittsburgh depicts the artists' patron, beer baron Hermann Raffke, sitting in front of his huge art collection, which includes (of course) "A Gallery Portrait" of the baron sitting before "A Gallery Portrait," etc.
  

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User Review  - Glenn Russell - Goodreads

Three by Perec is a collection of three novellas written by the outstanding French novelist Georges Perec, translated by Ian Monk, and published David R. Godine. For the purposes of this review I will ... Read full review

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User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

The first novella, Which Moped with Chrome Plated Handlebars at the Back of the Yard was written before Perec joined the Oulipo, but it is still a work that is in love with wordplay. The story is ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
3
Section 3
5
Section 4
9
Section 5
51
Section 6
57
Section 7
59
Section 8
61
Section 9
125
Section 10
129
Section 11
189
Section 12
191
Section 13
193

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About the author (2004)

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.

Ian Monk became a member of the Oulipo in 1988. His books include Family Archaeology and Writings for the Oulipo.

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