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Life A User's Manual Paperback – October 1, 1988

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Praise for Life A User's Manual

“Those who have a taste for the unusual, for books that create worlds unto themselves, will be dazzled by this crazy-quilt monument to the imagination.”―The New York Times Book Review

“In this wondrously optimistic book, he sidles through the lives of the inhabitants of a single Paris apartment block and manages to convey scintillas of every aspect of the human condition―proving that, while ultimately without point, life is a continuum rich beyond belief, and so very well worth living.”―The Week Magazine

“This elaborate jigsaw puzzle of a novel has drawn comparisons to the masterworks of twentieth-century literature.”―Rolling Stone

“A classic of contemporary fiction.”―Publishers Weekly

“Perec’s artistry has achieved a perfect balance between allure and imponderability.”―The Los Angeles Times

About the Author

Georges Perec was a French essayist, novelist, memoirist, and filmmaker. Born in Paris in 1936, the child of Polish Jews, his father died as soldier in the Second World War and his mother was killed in the Holocaust. Much of his work dealt with themes of identity, loss, absence―including his most celebrated work, Life A User’s Manual.
In addition to being honored by the Prix Renaudot (1965), the Prix Jean Vigo (1974), the Prix Médicis (1978), and the French postal service (2002), both an asteroid and a street in Paris were named in his honor―as well as a Google Doodle on his 80th birthday.

David Bellos won the first Man Booker International Prize for his translations of the Albanian author, Ismail Kadare, and holds the rank of Officier in the Ordre national des Arts et des Lettres and an honorary membership in The International Association of Professional Translators and Interpreters.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 1.95 pounds
  • Paperback : 581 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0879237511
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0879237516
  • Product Dimensions : 6.12 x 1.36 x 9.16 inches
  • Publisher : Verba Mundi; Revised Edition (October 1, 1988)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 100 ratings