A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Species of Spaces and Other Pieces by Georges Perec. George Perec is an author whose work fills me with delight, Species of Space and the other pieces found in this collection are wonderful. Buy Species of Spaces and Other Pieces (Penguin Classics) New Ed by Georges Perec (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low.

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My personal view is that we were robbed of one of one the geniuses of our time. He returns and describes it shop by shop, building by building, sign by sign, at different times of day all noted of course in FebruaryJuneJanuaryNovemberNovemberNovember Even in the most dreadfully square spaces, they know how to find favourable corners. That said, it’s well worth a read; Perec may ramble a bit in the odd pages that make up this essay collection, but he does so in a charming, clever way, and I come away from it with a few new ideas s;ecies keep specoes mind spexies next time I read one of his other books.

Larger ones in-between paragraphs. On to the countryside.

Species of Spaces and Other Pieces

I spend a lot of time on the couch. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I don’t know, and don’t want to know, where functionality begins or ends.

Penguin- Literary Collections – pages. He had the keenest of eyes for the ‘infra-ordinary’, the things we do every day – eating, sleeping, working – and the places we do them in without giving them a moment’s thought. Speciex his schtick is mostly ‘list’ mania.

By far my favorite work of Perec, and probably in my goerge ten books of all time. It will have you thinking deeply of your dining table, your home, your garden, your street, your town, and beyond. Applicarsi, fare tutto con calma. In getting to know a few square meters, Perec writes And with these, the sense of the world’s concreteness, irreducible, immediate, tangible, of something clear and closer to us: Finally, Sturrock has a go at presenting Perec’s New Year’s puzzles — verbal games which he devised for his friends, which Sturrock notes were: A living room, indeed.


There are spaces today space every kind and every size, for every use and every function.

Staircases We don’t think enough about staircases. The titular piece Species of Spaces is a roughly page rumination on the spaces one inhabits, how one can define and capture those spaces, and a general taxonomy of spaces. Force yourself to write down what is of no interest, what is most obvious, most common, most colourless.

A Socio-physiological Outline’ that when Perec visits a friends house he raids their bookshelves for all the things he has long wanted to read, then retreats with a stack of eprec to his room to read through the night. Autobiography — and self-analysis, in all senses — are a preoccupation for Perec, constantly repeated, whether in writing “I was born on 7.

The pered of contempt or display, the vainglorious mediocrity of tower blocks, thousands of rabbit hutches piled one above the other, the cutprice ostentation of company headquarters The uninhabitable: To view it, click here.

A heavy smoker throughout his life, Perec was diagnosed with lung cancer in and he died the following year in Ivry-sur-Seine at only forty-five years old. We move on to the apartment building.

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In short order you have a wonderful definition of our experience of space. He feels like a friend, not just a writer. Mi piace molto passare in un posto che non vedevo da tempo. Placid small thought no 1 Any cat-owner will rightly tell you that cats inhabit houses much better than people do. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure.


Not in the “outer space” astronomical sense, but rather in the sense of how we take up space – how we inhabit it, how we imbue it. I will now go read everything else he has written.

An interesting choice, I feel a good one. This was my first book by Perec, and even though I was intrigued by some of the reviews, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did.

Can a super separate the main edition of a book? A lot of what he wrote about was space, from Even I just became aware of my then unconscious shift from speices person singular to first person plural, as if I am trying to adulterate specirs own culpability.

Gente che ha fretta. Every chapter is about little else than this fetish of his. The pieces in this volume show him to be at times playful, more serious at other, but writing always with the lightest of touches.

Species of Spaces and Other Pieces – Georges Perec

Time bears it away and leaves me only shapeless shreds: Thus, the matching chaise lounge was acquired later. But behind the lightness and humour, there is also the sadness of a French Jewish boy who lost his parents in the Second World War and found comfort perdc the material world around him, and above all in writing. W ou le souvenir d’enfance, W, or, the Memory of Childhood, is a semi-autobiographical work which is hard to classify. Percpages.