Georges Perec: La vie, mode d’emploi: roman [Life: A User’s Manual] (2077 words)


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La vie mode d’emploi (Life a User’s Manual, trans. David Bellos) is a 1978 novel, one of the best-known works by French author Georges Perec. The story tells of Englishman Percival Bartlebooth (a hybrid name that draws from Herman Melville’s Bartleby who famously preferred “not to”, and Valery Larbaud’s Barnabooth), an eccentric millionaire who devotes his life to an intricate but ultimately useless goal, meant to occupy the rest of his life and exhaust his entire fortune. He spends a decade learning the art of watercolors under the instruction of Valène, and then another …

Citation: Berkman, Natalie. "La vie, mode d’emploi: roman". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 April 2015 [, accessed 17 April 2021.]

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