Cover of Georges Perec, Marc Lowenthal (TRN): An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris

Georges Perec, Marc Lowenthal (TRN) An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris

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Wakefield Press

USA

2010

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55

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305347

978-0-9841155-2-5

0-9841155-2-8

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One overcast weekend in October 1974, Georges Perec set out in quest of the infraordinary: the humdrum, the non-event, the everyday--what happens, as he put it, when nothing happens. His choice of locale was Place Saint-Sulpice, where, ensconced behind first one café window, then another, he spent three days recording everything to pass through his field of vision: the people walking by; the buses and driving-school cars caught in their routes; the pigeons moving suddenly en masse; a wedding (and then a funeral) at the church in the center of the square; the signs, symbols and slogans littering everything; and the darkness that finally absorbs it all. In An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris, Perec compiled a melancholic, slightly eerie and oddly touching document in which existence boils down to rhythm, writing turns into time and the line between the empirical and the surreal grows surprisingly thin.

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