Life: A User's Manual (Verba Mundi #18) (Paperback)

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By Georges Perec, David Bellos (Translator)
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This is book number 18 in the Verba Mundi (Paperback) series.

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Not much useful life advice here, but this delightful book about a Parisian apartment building and all the people and objects that have inhabited it, is one of the most unusual and fascinating novels I've ever read.

— From Stephen

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"One of the great novels of the century. Suddenly and unexpectedly, the late 20th century has produced a novel on the level of Joyce, Proust, Mann, Kafka, and Nabokov."--Boston Globe

From the confessions of a racing cyclist to the plans of an avenging murderer, from a young ethnographer obsessed with a Sumatran tribe to the death of a trapeze artist, Life is stories connected by a single moment in time (8:00 p.m. on June 23, 1975) in an apartment block in the XVIIth arrondissement of Paris. Chapter by chapter, room by room, an extraordinary rich cast of characters is revealed in a series of tales that are bizarre, unlikely, moving, funny, or (sometimes) quite ordinary. The apartment block's one hundred rooms are arranged in a magic square, and the book, too, contains a staggering range of literary puzzles and allusions, acrostics, problems of chess and logic, crosswords, and mathematical formula. All for the reader to solve.



Product Details
ISBN: 9781567923735
ISBN-10: 1567923739
Publisher: David R. Godine Publisher
Publication Date: July 1st, 2009
Pages: 661
Language: English
Series: Verba Mundi (Paperback)