by Georges Perec is set in 11 rue Simon-Crubellier at 8pm, June 23, 1975.
It tells you all you need to know about life.
Life A User’s Manual. By Georges Perec is set in 11 rue Simon-Crubellier at 8pm, June 23, 1975. It tells you all you need to know about life. It contains algorithms and puzzles too. 'Life A User’s Manual' is the book I’d take to a desert island. As its title suggests, it tells you everything you need to know about life. Looking for a manual online? ManualsLib is here to help you save time spent on searching. Our database consists of more than 3784402 pdf files and becomes bigger every day! Just enter the keywords in the search field and find what you are looking for! Free download or read online Life A Users Manual pdf (ePUB) book. The first edition of this novel was published in 1978, and was written by Georges Perec. The book was published in multiple languages including English language, consists of 581 pages and is available in Paperback format. The main characters of this fiction, cultural story are,.
It contains algorithms and puzzles too.
'Life A User’s Manual' is the book I’d take to a desert island. As its titlesuggests, it tells you everything you need to know about life. It’s also packedwith great stories, and hidden inside are secret algorithms and mind-bendingpuzzles.
The book’s author Georges Perec was — and still is— a member of OuLiPo, aliterary collective of writers and mathematicians who apply algorithmsand formal constraints to works of fiction. For example:
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- Perec himself wrote a full length book which avoids any use of the letter E
- Richard Beard’s novel, Damascus,takes every noun from a particular edition of the Times newspaper
- Raymond Queneau wrote a combinatorialpoem comprising a hundred thousand billion sonnets; open it atrandom, and you’re likely to find a poem noone has read before,including the author
Life A User’s Manual is a tour de force of suchtechniques. It’s also a knight’stour. The diagram above shows the layout of 11 rue SimonCrubellier, Paris, where the action takes place. It’s a 10 by 10grid. On floor 3, Percival Bartlebooth inhabits a large flat. SergeValene, the artist, has a bedsit. Smautf, Bartlebooth’sman-servant, lives in an attic room. The basement contains cellars,lift machinery. And so on.
The knight starts in the centre of the building, on the stairs, where chapter1 begins. Taking a step, the knight arrives in Madame de Beaumont’s flat,where chapter 2 is set. Now to chapter 3, the Foreau’s; 4, Marquiseaux;eventually finishing at chapter 99, located in the room where Percival Bartleboothis struggling to finish a jigsaw puzzle made by the late Gaspard Winckler.
The knight’s tour will visit each square exactly once, providing anelegant route through the novel. Perec devised a more intricate scheme tofurnish the chapters. Here’san Euler squareof order 5. The Latin characters A to E and the Greek α to ε arearranged so that each pair occurs once and each letter appears exactly once onevery row and column.
Now imagine a 10 by 10 Euler square. Euler himself couldn’t construct one andconjectured none existed, and it took 200 years before a computer program provedotherwise. Just what Perec needed! He overlaid his chess board with an Eulersquare of order 10 populated not by 2 lists of letters, but by 42 lists of 10things.
- Positions. Kneeling, sitting, prone, coming, going ...
- Quotations. The chapter must smuggle in text from works by Flaubert, Kafka,Queneau ...
- More lists: furniture, clothes, food, drink, jewellery, animals, colours,numbers of pages etc.
The knight’s tour and Euler square form an engine which generates a text likeno other. If Perec’s User Manual sounds like an elaborate catalog, well, in asense it is; but Perec is a story teller of genius and his solution to thecombined constraints is a web of interlocking stories. A page turner! If, on thefirst read, you can’t stop to savour the details, never mind: there’s acomprehensive index so you can return to a favourite section later. Besides,you’ll have time on your island.
Of course there’s a bug: the OuLiPo know all about the clinamen, thedeviation exhibited by even the smallest sub-atomic particles. Wind the knightback to chapter 65. On the next step the knight fails to visit the bottom leftcorner, instead making an illegal move to a diagonal neighbour. This twist iswhat makes the book truly lifelike. As software developers, maybe Perec and theOulipo have a lesson for us. Rather than despair of the bugs in our work,perhaps we should celebrate them for keeping our products real.