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ISBN
9781910477854

eBook ISBN
9781910477892

Publication date
21st May 2020

RRP
£9.99

Imprint
Gallic Books

Binding
PB B

Extent (number of pages)
144pp

Translator
Philip Terry

Territory

UK, Europe, BC exc CAN

BIC category
B, BM

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I Remember

(Je me souviens)

Author Georges Perec

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Georges Perec’s I Remember is both an affectionate portrait of mid-century Paris and a daring memoir.

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Both an affectionate portrait of mid-century Paris and a daring memoir, Georges Perec’s I Remember is now available for the first time in English, with an introduction by David Bellos.

In 480 numbered statements, all beginning identically with ‘I remember’, Perec records a stream of individual memories of a childhood in post-war France, while posing wider questions about memory and nostalgia.

As playful and puzzling as the best of his novels, I Remember is an ode to life: the ordinary, the extraordinary, and the sometimes trivial, as seen through the eyes of the irreplaceable Georges Perec.

Reviews
‘The effect of cascading “I remembers” is unavoidably mesmerizing’ Paris Review
‘One of the oddest works of literature ever written’ David Bellos
Praise for Georges Perec
‘Perec is a great storyteller and a wry humorist’ The Telegraph
‘One of the most singular literary personalities in the world, a writer who resembled absolutely no one else’ Italo Calvino
‘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
‘Perec’s passion for classification, for enumeration, for lists, for patterns, for the thinginess of things, is strangely captivating and, despite an underlying melancholy, exhilarating’ Margaret Drabble, New Statesman
‘Each of his books is a jarring surprise, irreducibly idiosyncratic and autonomous, and whoever decides to read him will come away not only with a new sense of what is possible in literature, but of how strange and exciting, and how fun, real originality can be’ New Yorker
Georges Perec

Meet the author

Georges Perec, born in Paris in 1936, was a pioneering French novelist, filmmaker, documentalist and essayist. Orphaned from an early age, many of his works deal with absence, loss and identity, often through word play. He later became an eminent member of the experimental Oulipo group. He died in 1…

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