Brief Notes on the Art and Manner of Arranging One's Books by Georges Perec / 112-page paperback in Penguin's Great Ideas series / ISBN 9780241475218
A slim volume featuring Georges Perec's writings on the simple task of arranging books and what it can reveal about life
One of the most singular and extravagant imaginations of the twentieth century, the novelist and essayist Georges Perec was a true original who delighted in wordplay, puzzles, taxonomies and seeing the extraordinary in the everyday. In these virtuoso writings about books and language, he discusses different ways of reading, a list of the things he really must do before he dies and the power of words to overcome the chaos of the world.
Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives--and upended them. Now Penguin brings you a new set of the acclaimed Great Ideas, a curated library of selections from the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.
One of the most important post-war French novelists, Georges Perec was only 42 when he died in 1982. He is the author of Life, A User's Manual and Species of Spaces and Other Pieces, among other works.