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La Boutique Obscure: 124 Dreams Kindle Edition

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“If you let it, the bundled text of dreams provides insight into [Perec's] most influential work … Daniel Levin Becker rises and meets the challenge of honoring Perec’s intuition.”
Library Journal (editor’s pick)

La Boutique Obscure … is a work of considerable breadth and variety, and much of it is good fun, too. Any new bit of Pereciana is welcome, and fans will certainly appreciate and enjoy La Boutique Obscure.” The Complete Review

”The book captivates…occasionally Perec’s dreaming mind alights on an image that condenses the pathos of an entire life.” —The Rumpus



About the Author

GEORGES PEREC (1936-1982) was a French novelist, filmmaker, documentary maker and essayist. In death he remains a member of Oulipo, the workshop of potential literature. He is most famous for the novels Life: A User’s Manual and A Void.

Translator DANIEL LEVIN BECKER (b. 1984) is the youngest member of Oulipo, and only the second American to ever be so honored. He is a writer, translator and music critic, and reviews editor of The Believer. He is the author Many Subtle Channels: In Praise of Potential Literature (Harvard 2012).

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  • File Size: 3290 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Melville House (February 19, 2013)
  • Publication Date: February 19, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ATLMY0Y
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tosh Berman on June 14, 2013
Format: Paperback
The best and greatest dream book is Michel Leiris' "Nights as Day Days as Night." Actually one of my favorite all-time books and for god's sake it's a dream journal. But Leiris maybe a more twisted character than Perec, and not as conceptual. So "la boutique obscure: 124 Dreams" starts in 1968 and ends in 1972, probably the most fruitful of his writing years. I imagine that he started this project with a beginning and an ending -perhaps taking over the role of an actual everyday journal. But i am just guessing here; what we do have is little narratives by Perec, which shows his dream world is very straight forward in a sense. At least one gets the sense that there is a beginning, middle part and then end. Like Godard, not always in that order, but there is a sense of some sort of organization within the Perec dream world. Leiris on the other hand is more sexual (and there is sex in the Perec dream world) and a tad wilder. Also his imagery is more poetic and seductive of sorts. Perec is sort of listing his dreams for maybe a future analysis.

But the best part of the book for me is the end index, where he list categories like "Staircases" and the color "Red" for instance - and he mentions how many times he had a dream with the color red in it and so forth. Which comes to mind on my own writing project, which is not about dreams, but I am writing something that is very systematic, and I realize that some of that came from Perec and his work. So, yeah its interesting but mostly for the writing process than anything else.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book Babe on June 11, 2013
Format: Paperback
I found this dream journal to be a wonderful puzzle that dovetailed with so much of Perec's work. I loved seeing the missing "e" of The Void cropping back up in his dreams. And there is so much here that is unstated. Like one thing that really struck me was the opening date of the journal: May 1968-- as profoundly important a date as there could be for someone of Perec's generation. It skews the whole enterprise of the journal. If you are interested in Perec, I would highly recommend this book.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Luigi Facotti VINE VOICE on April 4, 2013
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As one who's read and thoroughly enjoyed virtually all Perec's published work, this collection of dream notes is genuinely disappointing.

Nothing in this collection seems particularly 'Perecian' or unique beyond his sheer discipline of documenting dream content.
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