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La Boutique Obscure: 124 Dreams

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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.

Review:

"Between 1968 and 1972 Oulipian master Perec (1936-1982) recorded and reworked what is ostensibly a dream journal, now translated into English for the first time. Chronicling apparent fears and obsessions, Perec (Life A User's Manual) is concerned with his height, oppressive police, concentration camps, drugstores, and potentially Oedipal relationships. He worries about the premise of his novel A Void, and returns again and again to the woman Z, who shows up replacing Z's with S's in a bookstore. She eventually abandons him, becoming a 'scar' he must live with. Perec's work is surreal, but only just; a narrative of a broken relationship emerges across the four years of dreams. It is the story of a mind coming to terms with a Europe locked in the Cold War's paranoid haze: familiar places no longer seem the same; people act oddly; the world as experienced is strange. These may have been real dreams, but they feel like more, as dreams often do. And 'because the labyrinth leads nowhere but out of itself,' the book ends with the 'real memory' of Perec as a child bouncing a ball against a convent wall. This is the reader's reward: watching Perec's mind weaving metaphor and story even while asleep. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

GEORGES PEREC (1936-1982) was a French novelist, filmmaker, documentary maker and essayist. In death he remains a member of Oulipo, the workshop of potential literature. He is most famous for the novels Life: A User’s Manual and A Void.

Translator DANIEL LEVIN BECKER (b. 1984) is the youngest member of Oulipo, and only the second American to ever be so honored. He is a writer, translator and music critic, and reviews editor of The Believer. He is the author Many Subtle Channels: In Praise of Potential Literature (Harvard 2012).

Product Details

ISBN:
9781612191751
Author:
Perec, Georges
Publisher:
Melville House Publishing
Author:
Becker, Daniel Levin
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5.49 x 0.73 in 0.5 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Between 1968 and 1972 Oulipian master Perec (1936-1982) recorded and reworked what is ostensibly a dream journal, now translated into English for the first time. Chronicling apparent fears and obsessions, Perec (Life A User's Manual) is concerned with his height, oppressive police, concentration camps, drugstores, and potentially Oedipal relationships. He worries about the premise of his novel A Void, and returns again and again to the woman Z, who shows up replacing Z's with S's in a bookstore. She eventually abandons him, becoming a 'scar' he must live with. Perec's work is surreal, but only just; a narrative of a broken relationship emerges across the four years of dreams. It is the story of a mind coming to terms with a Europe locked in the Cold War's paranoid haze: familiar places no longer seem the same; people act oddly; the world as experienced is strange. These may have been real dreams, but they feel like more, as dreams often do. And 'because the labyrinth leads nowhere but out of itself,' the book ends with the 'real memory' of Perec as a child bouncing a ball against a convent wall. This is the reader's reward: watching Perec's mind weaving metaphor and story even while asleep. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , 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.

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