Things: A Story of the Sixties; A Man Asleep

Things A Story of the Sixties A Man Asleep With the American publication of Life a User s Manual in Georges Perec was immediately recognized in the U S as one of this century s most innovative writers Now Godine is pleased to issue two

  • Title: Things: A Story of the Sixties; A Man Asleep
  • Author: Georges Perec David Bellos Andrew Leak
  • ISBN: 9781567921571
  • Page: 189
  • Format: Paperback
  • With the American publication of Life, a User s Manual in 1987, Georges Perec was immediately recognized in the U.S as one of this century s most innovative writers Now Godine is pleased to issue two of his most powerful novels in one volume Things, in an authoritative new translation, and A Man Asleep, making its first English appearance Both provoked strong reactionsWith the American publication of Life, a User s Manual in 1987, Georges Perec was immediately recognized in the U.S as one of this century s most innovative writers Now Godine is pleased to issue two of his most powerful novels in one volume Things, in an authoritative new translation, and A Man Asleep, making its first English appearance Both provoked strong reactions when they first appeared in the 1960s both which speak with disquieting immediacy to the conscience of today s readers In each tale Perec subtly probes our obsession with society s trappings the seductive mass of things that crams our lives, masquerading as stability and meaning.Jerome and Sylvie, the young, upwardly mobile couple in Things, lust for the good life They wanted life s enjoyment, but all around them enjoyment was equated with ownership Surrounded by Paris s tantalizing exclusive boutiques, they exist in a paralyzing vacuum of frustration, caught between the fantasy of the film they would have liked to live and the reality of life s daily mundanities.In direct contrast with Jerome and Sylvie s cravings, the nameless student in A Man Asleep attempts to purify himself entirely of material desires and ambition He longs to want nothing Just to wait, until there is nothing left to wait for Just to wander, and to sleep Yearning to exist on neutral ground as a blessed parenthesis, he discovers that this wish is by its very nature a def

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