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A Void (Verba Mundi) Paperback – November 30, 2005
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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
About the Author
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.
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Good for the mind! Read it. Makes a great gift too.
Don't worry, just taking away that non-consonant is NOT how it works... This book is a joy for individuals that thrill to word-play.
But--this is a strong story on its own. As with the best of anything `experimental,' the formal nature of the construction of the work falls away in enjoyment of the text, if not enhances this. For me, this is the difference between Joyce's last two books. Ulysses (Oxford World's Classics) uses style interacting with narrative to tell a story; Finnegans Wake (Penguin Modern Classics) is all style, and impenetrable for my casual perusal.
So--like the best of post/modern literature, like Calvino's If on a Winter's Night a Traveler (Everyman's Library (Cloth)) or Nabokov's Pale Fire (Everyman's Library (Cloth)), A Void's structure is both part of the story and an exploration of what it means to tell a story. I was excited to read this book because of the formal construction, but what kept drawing me back was not the formal experimentation, but the mystery. As one character says, "Nothing is as cryptic as a void" (90). I think this sums up the attraction. I won't speak at length on the plot, but it is a mystery that comes together like pieces of an inter-locking three-dimensional puzzle that give further credit to the creator of this work.
On a side note, part of me is interested in the construction of the work and the translation into English. I want that story to be told, but I suppose that is ephemera with little audience.