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by Georges Perec

  • ISBN: 0879237562
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Georges Perec
  • Subcategory: World Literature
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  • Language: English French
  • Publisher: David R Godine Pub; 1st edition (November 1, 1988)
  • Pages: 164 pages
  • FB2 size: 1924 kb
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  • Rating: 4.7
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W, or the Memory of Childhood (French: W ou le souvenir d'enfance), is a l work of fiction by Georges Perec, published in 1975

W, or the Memory of Childhood (French: W ou le souvenir d'enfance), is a l work of fiction by Georges Perec, published in 1975. Perec's novel consists of alternating chapters of autobiography and of a fictional story, divided into two parts. The autobiographical thread is a collection of uncertain memories, as well as descriptions of photos which preserve moments from Perec's childhood

ISBN 13: 9780879237561.

Perec, Georges, 1936-1982. Children - Europe - Fiction, Autobiographical memory - Fiction, Europe - Social conditions - Fiction. Translation of: W, ou, Le souvenir d'enfance.

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Georges Perec (born George Peretz) (French: ; 7 March 1936 – 3 March 1982) was a French novelist, filmmaker, documentalist, and essayist. He was a member of the Oulipo group

Georges Perec (born George Peretz) (French: ; 7 March 1936 – 3 March 1982) was a French novelist, filmmaker, documentalist, and essayist. He was a member of the Oulipo group. His father died as a soldier early in the Second World War and his mother was murdered in the Holocaust, and many of his works deal with absence, loss, and identity, often through word play.

This page contains details about the Fiction book W, or the Memory of Childhood by published in 1975. W or the Memory of a Childhood. This book is the 1315th greatest Fiction book of all time as determined by thegreatestbooks. The memories in the first part of the book lead up to Perec's separation from his mother when he was evacuated in the Second World War. The second part recollects his life as an evacuee.

Georges Perec, W ou le souvenir d'enfance (Paris: Denöel, 1975). Life: A User's Manual is Georges Perec's most famous novel, published in 1978, first translated into English by David Bellos in 1987

Georges Perec, W ou le souvenir d'enfance (Paris: Denöel, 1975). Georges Perec, W, or the Memory of Childhood trans. by David Bellos (London: Harvill, 1988). by David Bellos (Boston: David R. Godine, Publisher, 2002). David R. Godine, Publisher is an American book publishing company, founded in 1970 in Boston, Massachusetts. Life: A User's Manual is Georges Perec's most famous novel, published in 1978, first translated into English by David Bellos in 1987. Its title page describes it as "novels", in the plural, the reasons for which become apparent on reading.

Paris (France) France. Exploring a single letter was one among many devices used by Perec, and again here he plays around with letters as well as numbers in his detailed descriptions of what took place on W, and his use of photographs plays a big part when recollecting childhood. Both stories are frequently alternating, sometimes within only a couple of pages. Sometimes the face of an author or the title of a book conceals a lot more than what it is capable of revealing and the same happened when I picked this book. My first Perec and I expected something completely different from what was eventually encountered.

Georges Perec was a French author who became known for his highly experimental writing, and won the prestigious Prix . Find out everything you need to know about W, or the Memory of Childhood in a fraction of the time!

Georges Perec was a French author who became known for his highly experimental writing, and won the prestigious Prix Renaudot for his novel Things: A Story of the Sixties. He died in 1982, and is now widely recognised as one of the most innovative writers of the 20th century. Find out everything you need to know about W, or the Memory of Childhood in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you:, A complete plot summary, Character studies, Key themes and symbols, Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.

Relates the horrific twin tales of a fragile boyhood in occupied France and of the mysterious island of W, a remote place near Chile where athletes undergo horrible competitions.
Reviews about W or the Memory of Childhood (English and French Edition) (7):
Zugar
I love this novel -- in fact, I think it's a masterpiece. The listing, however, is misleading. This is not an English and French edition. It's an English translation of the French novel. There is no French text in this edition. The description "English and French edition" makes it sound as if it includes the English translation and the French original, which is why I ordered this edition.
Dreladred
One strand of W is the story of Georges Perec's childhood during World War II in France after his parents were killed at the beginning of the war. This part of the story is told as straight-ahead memory. It is interwoven with the story of a mythical country that worships sport. The two strands intertwine magically in the reader's mind.
Xava
This book is literally about a dude who thinks he's Jesus but doesn't wanna say it out loud.
Ballalune
Oh, lordy. Bought for the book club. Way too French and avant-garde for me. Passed it along to others.
Bele
Pure Perec. Written on many levels, all interesting and interlinked.
Morad
"W: Or, a Memory of Childhood" by Georges Perec is an odd little book that uses an odd device to focus attention on an aspect of humanism gone wild. On the one hand, it's a tediously detailed account of a small Jewish boy living in occupied France in a series of refuges. On the other hand, a parallel set of chapters depicts life in a rigidly logical imaginary society structured around track and field events.

Perec, who tried to never write in the same genre twice, has mastered the Utopian novel's typical flavor. Like Plato's repugnant "Republic," Thomas Moore's "No Place / Good Place," or Edward Bellamy's "Looking Backward," Perec's prose is indicative in voice, didactic in tone, and deadpan in its sober depiction of an alternate, sterile, and inhuman social order.

Towards the end of the novel, you suddenly realize exactly which alternate social reality Perec is describing. Give them a chance to implement their vision for humanity, to create heavens and hells on earth, and the coercive utopians succeed well on half of that task.
Chinon
It's about time this book was reissued in English, in a fine translation by Perec's standard-bearer in the Anglophone world. Perec's half-fictive and half-autobiographical masterpiece is an original and devastating approach to one of the most difficult historical moments of the recent past, the Holocaust. "W or the Memory of Childhood" embodies all of the violence of this historical tragedy and of memories of such tragedy.
There are two narrative threads running through this book, touching each other occasionally in a manner that illuminates both in strange and arresting ways. Half of the chapters are "W," the fictional account of a man, Gaspard Winckler, who has survived a war by adopting the identity of a parapalegic (the real Gaspard Winckler) who later dies in a shipwreck off the Tierra del Fuego. Prodded by the mysterious Otto Apfelstahl, the living Gaspard embarks on a journey to recover his memory of the real Gaspard, to discover who he was and how he died. This journey becomes, in the second half of "W," a description in coldly anthropological terms of a seemingly totalitarian island-state, in which citizens are forced to compete in brutal and naked athletic games for things like food and the right to procreate--the basics of human life.
The other half of the chapters are Perec's own autobiographical contributions, beginning, despite the promising title of the book, with the admission, "I have no memory of childhood." Perec's voice sifts through his rubbled past--his father's death in the French Army, his mother's transportation to Auschwitz, his being concealed in a Catholic school and raised by his relatives--and attempts to separate what he remembers from what he has been taught to remember through photos, language, etc. His reflections are marked with a humor that is endearing in light of his horrifying experiences, and with a subtlety that is astounding in light of the atrocities to which the text must bear remote witness.
The two narratives, "W" and "The Memory of Childhood," weave around each other like ivy, finally becoming, in a stunning and climactic final chapter, part and parcel of one story. Perec's ultimate fusion of his willful fictions and his awe-full remembrances is powerful and well-presaged; the entire universe of the book builds beautifully and disturbingly toward this final moment, as the fictions become more like fact and the autobiography occupies itself increasingly with fictions.
Bellos' translation is superb, even if one does lose some of the very productive puns of the original (the moment early on, for example, when "l'Histoire avec sa grande hache" should make us think simultaneously of History with a capital H and History with its big axe; Bellos sticks with the capital H rendering of the phrase). (From what I can tell, he has not modified his original translation of the book substantially, if at all.)
"W or the Memory of Childhood" is a sobering, touching, daunting and disturbing reminder of some of the worst our century has had to offer. If you are interested in a writer who is unashamed of standing heroically baffled and gaping in the face of immeasurable atrocity, buy and read this book.
Some memories are so terrible that revisiting them is more than a person can stand. And yet there are stories that need to be told. Goerges Perec, who lost both his childhood and his parents to the Nazis in World War II deals with this problem by telling two stories, one real, and one metaphorical.
The real story of his youth is told almost dispassionately, as if he cannot bear to bring up the emotions of that time- or perhaps it is an accurate telling of a childhood in which emotion was repressed as a way of surviving. The metaphorical tale of the nation of "W" is also told from a distant, and somehwhat dispassionate perspective; it is a cruel land, but the narrator speaks of it as a historian or an anthropolist might.
It is only when the two are read together (the chapters alternate) that the full effect is appreciated by the reader. The cruelties of "W" are in fact alternate tellings of the realities left out of the true narration. Through this, the true horror of Perec's childhood emerges.

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