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A stunning new reissue of the internationally bestselling novel
A classic wartime adventure story
Georges Perec (1936-82) won the Prix Renaudot in 1965 for his first novel Things: A Story of the Sixties, and went on to exercise his unrivalled mastery of language in almost every imaginable kind of writing, from the apparently trivial to the deeply personal. He composed acrostics, anagrams, autobiography, criticism, crosswords, descriptions of dreams, film scripts, heterograms, lipograms, memories, palindromes, plays, poetry, radio plays, recipes, riddles, stories short and long, travel notes, univocalics, and, of course, novels. Life A User's Manual, which draws on many of Perec's other works, appeared in 1978 after nine years in the making and was acclaimed a masterpiece to put beside Joyce's Ulysses. It won the Prix Medicis and established Perec's international reputation.
'The last major event in the history of the novel' Italo Calvino
'There is not a single E in this novel. That's right: no here, there, where, when; no yes, no love, no sex!' New York Times Book Review
A delicious, witty and suitably bizarre rediscovered classic from the modern French master, Georges Perec.
A disturbing, ground-breaking book about Perec's wartime childhood, and about where truth and fiction overlap
Two brilliant, witty and subversive stories from the modern master - cult classics for the 60s generation