W or the Memory of Childhood (Paperback)

Author: Perec, Georges

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Publisher David R Godine Pub
Mfg Part# 9781567921588
SKU 30827327
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1567921582
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Dimensions (in Inches) 7.25H x 4.5L x 0.5T
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Georges Perec
Georges Perec is best known for his novels A VOID (1969) and LIFE: A USER'S MANUAL (1978). His 1978 work JE ME SOUVIENS consists of memories of his own life as a young man in the '50s. A gifted and innovative writer, and a pivotal figure in the French literary movement known as Oulipo, Perec died prematurely, four days before his 46th birthday.
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Annotation One of Perec's greatest books, W is about Perec's search into his own lost past as a child whose parents were taken away to the camps, and also about an imaginary island. Told alternately, the two narratives gradually merge and comment upon each other.
Editors Note Guaranteed to send shock waves through the literary community, Perec's W tells two parallel stories. The first is autobiographical, describing the author's wartime boyhood. The second tale, denser, more disturbing, more horrifying, is the allegorical story of W, a mythical island off Tierra del Fuego, governed by the thrall of the Olympic "ideal," where losers are tortured and winners held in temporary idolatry.|As the reader soon discovers, W is a place where "it is more important to be lucky than to be deserving," and "you have to fight to live ... Ýwith¨ no recourse, no mercy, no salvation, not even any hope that time will sort things out." Here, sport is glorified and victors honored, but athletes are vilified, losers executed, stealing encouraged, rape common, and violence a fact of life.|Perec's interpretive vision of the Holocaust forces us to ask the question central to our time: How did this happen before our eyes? How did we look at those "shells of skin and bone, ashen faced, with their backs permanently bent, their eyes full of panic and their suppurating sores?" How did all of this happen, not on W, but before millions of spectators, some horrified, some cheering, some in-different, but all present at the games watching the events of that grisly arena?
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Number of Pages 0176
Publisher David R. Godine Publisher
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