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Georges Perec, La Boutique Obscure: 124 Dreams

A new publication from Melville House Books
Georges Perec, La Boutique Obscure: 124 Dreams
From Melville House Books:

La Boutique Obscure
124 Dreams
Georges Perec
Translated by Daniel Levin Becker
To read Georges Perec one must be ready to abandon oneself to a spirit of play. His books are studded with intellectual traps, allusions and secret systems, and . . . they are prodigiously entertaining.
—Paul Auster
The beguiling, never-before-translated dream diary of Georges Perec …

In La Boutique Obscure Perec once again revolutionized literary form, creating the world’s first “nocturnal autobiography.” From 1968 until 1972 — the period when he wrote his most well-known works — the beloved French stylist recorded his dreams. But as you might expect, his approach was far from orthodox.

Avoiding the hazy psychoanalysis of most dream journals, he challenged himself to translate his visions and subconscious churnings directly into prose. In laying down the nonsensical leaps of the imagination, he finds new ways 
to express the texture and ambiguity of dreams — those qualities that prove 
so elusive.

Beyond capturing a universal experience for the first time and being a fine document of literary invention, La Boutique Obscure contains the seeds of some of Perec’s most famous books. It is also an intimate portrait of one of the great innovators of modern literature. [Read More]

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