Life: A User's Manual

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Life: A User's Manual Fiction
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This unclassified masterpiece is a sprawling compendium as encyclopedic as Dante’s Commedia and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, and, in its break with tradition, as inspiring as Joyce’s Ulysses. Structured around a single moment in time – 8:00 p.m. on June 23, 1975 – Perec’s spellbinding puzzle begins in an apartment block in the XVIIth arrondissement of Paris where, chapter by chapter, room by room, an extraordinarily rich cast of characters is revealed in a series of tales that are bizarre, unlikely, moving and funny. This is also more than an extraordinary range of fictions; it is a book peppered with a staggering range of literary puzzles, allusions, problems of chess and logic, and mathematical formulae. Over twenty years ago, Godine published the first English translation of this novel. This newly revised 20th –anniversary edition, has been carefully prepared with extensive corrections. Index, Chronology. 661p.

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