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To ask other readers questions about Les Revenentesplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Having written the world’s longest palindrome and an entire novel without using the most common letter, ‘e’, Perec wrote a short story where the only vowel he used was ‘e’.

And then it was translated from the French so I got to read it too.

I’ve never read anything ervenentes the enjoyment of the author in the writing process oozes out of the page like this. So much fun and very funny. Worth a couple of hours of everyone’s time. Jul 11, Karen marked it as to-read.

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Georges Perec was a highly-regarded French novelist, filmmaker and essayist. He was a member of the Oulipo group. Many of his novels and essays abound with experimental wordplay, lists and attempts at classification, and they are usually tinged with melancholy. He was a distant relative of the Yiddish writer Isaac Leib Peretz.

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Perec’s revenenets novel, Les Choses Things: A Story of the Sixties was awarded the Prix Renaudot in The 99 chapters of this page piece move like a knight’s tour lse a chessboard around the room plan of a Paris apartment building, describing the rooms and stairwell and telling the stories of the inhabitants.

All the led in the paper are multi-lingual puns and jokes, e. Perec is also noted for his constrained writing: The silent disappearance of the letter reenentes be considered a metaphor for the Jewish experience during the Second World War.

Since the name ‘Georges Perec’ is full of ‘e’s, the disappearance of the letter also ensures the author’s own ‘disappearance’. His novella Les revenentes is a complementary univocalic piece in which the letter “e” is the only vowel used. This constraint affects even the title, which would conventionally be spelt Revenantes. Jewels, Secrets, Sex in the collection Three.


It has been remarked by Jacques Roubaud that these two novels draw words from two disjoint sets of the French language, and that a third novel would be possible, made from the words not used so far those containing both “e” and a vowel other than “e”.

W ou le souvenir d’enfance, W, or, the Memory of Childhood, is a semi-autobiographical work which is hard to classify. Two alternating narratives make up the volume: Both merge towards the end when the common theme of the Holocaust is explained. A heavy smoker throughout his life, Perec was diagnosed with lung cancer in and he died the following year in Ivry-sur-Seine at only forty-five years old. David Bellos wrote an extensive biography of Perec: Books by Georges Perec.

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