A Void
A Void
Gilbert Adair, Georges Perec



The year is 1968, and as France is torn apart by social and political anarchy, the noted eccentric and insomniac Anton Vowl goes missing. Ransacking his Paris flat, his best friends scour his diary for clues to his whereabouts. At first glance these pages reveal nothing but Vowl's penchant for word games, especially for "lipograms," compositions in which the use of a particular letter is suppressed. But as the friends work out Vowl's verbal puzzles, and as they investigate various leads discovered among the entries, they too disappear, one by one by one, and under the most mysterious circumstances ...

A Void
is a metaphysical whodunit, a story chock-full of plots and subplots, of trails in pursuit of trails, all of which afford Perec occasion to display his virtuosity as a verbal magician, acrobat, and sad-eyed clown. It is also an outrageous verbal stunt: a 300-page novel that never once employs the letter E. Adair's translation, too, is astounding; Time called it "a daunting triumph of will pushing its way through imposing roadblocks to a magical country, an absurdist nirvana of humor, pathos, and loss."

Title A Void
Authors Gilbert Adair, Georges Perec
Publisher David R Godine
Title First Published 30 November 2005
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 284 p.
ISBN-10 1567922961
ISBN-13 9781567922967
Publication Date 30 November 2005
Main content page count 284
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $17.95
 


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