An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris
An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris
Translated by Marc Lowenthal

One overcast weekend in October 1974, Georges Perec set out in quest of the "infraordinary": the humdrum, the non-event, the everyday--"what happens," as he put it, "when nothing happens." His choice of locale was Place Saint-Sulpice, where, ensconced behind first one cafe window, then another, he spent three days recording everything to pass through his field of vision: the people walking by; the buses and driving-school cars caught in their routes; the pigeons moving suddenly en masse; a wedding (and then a funeral) at the church in the center of the square; the signs, symbols and slogans littering everything; and the darkness that finally absorbs it all. In An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris, Perec compiled a melancholic, slightly eerie and oddly touching document in which existence boils down to rhythm, writing turns into time and the line between the empirical and the surreal grows surprisingly thin.

Title An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris
Author Georges Perec
Translated by Marc Lowenthal
Publisher Wakefield Press
Title First Published 30 September 2010
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 72 p.
ISBN-10 0984115528
ISBN-13 9780984115525
Publication Date 30 September 2010
Main content page count 72
Weight 16 oz.

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