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An attempt at exhausting a place in Paris

Author: Georges Perec; Marc Lowenthal
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Wakefield Press ; New York : D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers [distributor], ©2010.
Series: Imagining science, 1.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"One overcast weekend in October 1974, Georges Perec set out in quest of the "infraordinary": the humdrum, the nonevent, 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Drama
Named Person: Georges Perec; Georges Perec
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Georges Perec; Marc Lowenthal
ISBN: 9780984115525 0984115528
OCLC Number: 630506867
Notes: Originally published: Tentative d'épuisement d'un lieu parisien. Christian Bourgois Éditeur, 1975.
Description: ix, 55 pages ; 18 cm.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: Attempt At Exhausting A Place In Paris --
Day 1 --
Day 2 --
Day 3.
Series Title: Imagining science, 1.
Other Titles: Tentative d'épuisement d'un lieu parisien.
Responsibility: Georges Perec ; translated by Marc Lowenthal.

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"One overcast weekend in October 1974, Georges Perec set out in quest of the "infraordinary": the humdrum, the nonevent, 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, as if in accordance to some mysterious command; the wedding (and then funeral) at the church in the center of the square; the signs, symbols, and slogans littering everything; and the darkness that eventually 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."--Page 4 of cover.

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