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Life: A User's Manual


In this ingenious book Perec creates an entire microcosm in a Paris apartment block. Serge Valene wants to make an elaborate painting of the building he has made his home for the last sixty years. As he plans his picture, he contemplates the lives of all the people he has ever known there. Chapter by chapter, the narrative moves around the building revealing a marvellously diverse cast of characters in a series of every more unlikely tales, which range from an avenging murderer to an eccentric English millionaire who has ...

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Life a User's Manual
2009, Verba Mundi, Boston

ISBN-13: 9781567923735

2nd edition

Trade paperback

Life: A User's Manual
1996, Vintage Classics, London

ISBN-13: 9780099449256

Mass-market paperback

Life: A User's Manual
1996, The Harvill Press, London

ISBN-13: 9781860461460

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Mass-market paperback

Life, a Users Manual
1987, David R. Godine Publisher, Boston, MA

ISBN-13: 9780879237004


Life: A User's Manual
1987, The Harvill Press, London

ISBN-13: 9780002714648


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