Two brilliant, witty and subversive stories from the modern master - cult classics for the 60s generation
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Things: A Story of the Sixties is the story of a young couple who want to enjoy life, but the only way they know how to do so is through ownership of 'things'. Perec's first novel won the Prix Renaudot and became the cult book for a generation.In A Man Asleep, a young student embarks upon a disturbing and exhaustive pursuit of indifference, following his experience in non-existence with relentless logic.
Required reading for anyone interested in the evolution of this modern master
Andrew Motion, Observer
As a witty attack on consumerism Things is as much a parable of the Nineties as it is a story of the Sixties
Perec's first novel is a masterpiece of elegaic mockery
Things, Perec's first novel, is an innovative, perceptive and even moving study of corrosive consumerism
[A Man Asleep is] grimly obsessing...one turns the pages with unlikely fascination
Euan Cameron, Sunday Telegraph
[A Man Asleep] Bleak, benighted, uncompromisingly unhappy, this is not the book to read if you already have difficulty in finding reasons for getting out of bed
A Man Asleep is true to its subject and also readable...a remarkable achievement
Perec's fiction is a delight to all who care for real literature
Two striking, clumsy, romantic studies in extremism
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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 ...