I once had the occasion to write to the translator of these books, David Bellos, and I took the opportunity to let him know that Perec is my favorite writer, and that, since a translator is to a large extent the creative force behind a translated work, he, David Bellos, is also, in a palpable way, my favorite writer. Few writers have opened up the possibilities of literary art with as much enthusiasm, mastery, and pleasure as Perec. --Martin Riker, Associate Director of the Dalkey Archive Press
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.
This is an amazing feat of both writing and translation. It's a bit like an easy Finnegans Wake. Perec writes an interesting story about the missing letter "e". Read morePublished 21 months ago by Chris Reich
A Void by Georges Perec is not your ordinary novel. It's a lipogram, a literary work that omits a particular letter or word. This book is entirely "void" of the letter "E. Read morePublished on April 26, 2013 by ReadingintheGarden
This book is a massive exercise in craft! Mr. Perec tackles the challenge of writing a entire novel without the use of the letter e. Read morePublished on October 14, 2012 by Nickolus Meisel
This writer is like no other. To be able to write a whole novel and not include the letter E is a task. He writes well and keeps you in suspense. highly recommended.Published on January 17, 2011 by Jose N. Reyes
This book was written without the use of the letter `e'. While this is an impressive achievement; there is a trivia question about Gadsby: A Lipogram Novel that was written in... Read morePublished on August 5, 2010 by J. Edgar Mihelic