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Feb 14, Andrew added it Shelves: This, I feel, brightens the room, enlivening it so that it lives up to its name. Every chapter is about little else than this fetish of his. I loved this approach to writing and if 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. The first is the ultimate authorial space: Georges Perec, author of Life: How many dozens, how many hundreds of times have I written that sentence?

Both merge towards the end when the common theme of the Holocaust is explained. The titular piece Species specles Spaces is a roughly page rumination specues the spaces one inhabits, how one can define and capture those spaces, and a general taxonomy of spaces.

Even in the most dreadfully square spaces, they spsces how to find favourable corners. Note down what you can see. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. In retrospect, I see that the description peref this space was largely an inventory of items populating the space; however, how or one can glean all sorts of things about life my life from that inventory.

It’s a piece of trivia I encountered many years before I came across its author. Account Options Sign in.


In addition to books, there are also other items on the shelves, most of which are there so that, when freed of his cage, the one year old does not mangle them: The first piece presented here, the title piece “I perwc born” begins: Gente che ha fretta. Comprised of lists things to do before deathfood inventories everything ingested invignettes about space page, bedroom, apartment, street, country, space, etc Mar 21, Alicia rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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: Space begins with that model map in the old editions of the Petit Larousse Illustrewhich used to represent something like 65 geographical terms in 60 sq, cm.

From here he starts on the spaces of lived experience. Want to Read saving…. Then dog hair and various debris pebbles?! Death of a Neighbourhood What I miss above all is the neighbourhood cinema, with its ghastly advertisements for the dry cleaner’s on the corner.

He argues we should look for the ‘infraordinary’, the habitual everyday things that we overlook, rather than the extraordinary which is highlighted in the news. 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: Nothing was more beautiful in old houses than the staircases. So Spaces becomes an essay about that very phenomenon; that the world is entirely made up of limits.

Other items in the living room: The short pieces that make up Species of Spaces are eclectic, varying in style. As a way of reviewing this marvelous collection, I will cite a few quotes and offer brief comments on one essay, a 95 pager, where Perec writes about spaces moving from the micro to the macro, starting with The Page, The Bed, The Bedroom, The Apartment, The Apartment Building, The Street.


Species of Spaces and Other Pieces by Georges Perec

If you want beautifully rendered belles-lettres about everything and nothing, then he should be right up your alley. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

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Species of Spaces and Other Pieces

I spend a lot of time on the couch. But that’s just it, we’re habituated to it.

The street his family lived on, where he lived until he was five. It also includes some of his commonplace observations about these objects: His observations, ruminations “We don’t think enough of staircases”asides “I write in the gerge, he writes in the marginquotes, and longer expositions really pierce all these spatial concepts.

On n’a pas le temps de s’ennuyer car cette oeuvre est assez dynamique.

Space as inventory, space as invention. If you want a plot, or if you want a cohesive argument, then Perec isn’t for you. Spacess left and right. Had he been around for longer, I am sure his work would This is one of those books where you feel the world around you expand, it’s an enlightening and stimulating experience, dynamic, inspirational even, it will open your mind to architecture, furniture, and space dynamics.