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  - Simon Hollway - Goodreads

Perec's snappy Story of the Sixties should be subtitled 'The Rise and Fall of the Hipster.' Modern, timeless and deliciously snarky. The only glaring anachronism is the married protagonists' irregular ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Carmen - Goodreads

The first novel in this book, Things: A Story of the Sixties, outlines a 20-something couple in 1960s Paris. They are incredibly materialistic, and the only interesting thing that they really do in ... Read full review

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About the author (1990)

Georges 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". Perec won the Prix Renaudot in 1965, the Prix Jean Vigo in 1974, the Prix Médicis in 1978. Georges Perec died on March 3, 1982.

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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