La Boutique Obscure
La Boutique Obscure
124 Dreams
Translated by Daniel Levin Becker

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.

Title La Boutique Obscure
Subtitle 124 Dreams
Author Georges Perec
Translated by Daniel Levin Becker
Publisher Melville House
Title First Published 18 February 2013
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 272 p.
ISBN-10 1612191754
ISBN-13 9781612191751
Publication Date 18 February 2013
Main content page count 272
Weight 16 oz.

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