W or the Memory of Childhood by Georges Perec

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Written in alternating chapters, this story tells two parallel tales, one fiction and one true, whose meaning lies in their fragile intersection. Gaspard Winckler, an eight-year-old deaf mute is shipwrecked off Cape Horn. Another person, Gaspard Winckler, is searching for him.
 

About Georges Perec

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George Perec was born in Paris on March 7, 1936 and was educated in Claude-Bernard and Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire. Perec was a parachutist in the French Military before he began publishing his writing in magazines like Partisans. Perec also wrote the book, Life: A Users Manual. Perec is noted for his constrained writing: his 300-page novel La disparition (1969) is a lipogram, written without ever using the letter "e". Georges Perec died on March 3, 1982.
 
Published January 1, 1988 by Collins Harvill. 224 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Perec (Life: A User's Manual, 1987) writes a small book here about enormous things.

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Publishers Weekly

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Exploring a single letter was one among many devices used by Perec ( Life: A User's Manual ), known for his verbal feats.

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London Review of Books

each of its 16 sections of 11 poems is written using only the ten most frequent letters – that is, a, e, i, l, n, o, r, s, t, u – plus one variable letter.

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