An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris

An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris

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Author/Contributor(s): Perec, Georges ; Lowenthal, Marc
Publisher: Wakefield Press
Date: 09/30/2010
Binding: Paperback
Condition: NEW

Take it with you to any cafe in any city, and Perec will be both your drinking partner and your tour guide, drawing your attention to each little detail coming and going." -Ian Klaus, CityLab

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 café 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.