Paperback French Literature

By (author) Edouard Leve, Translated by Jan Steyn

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  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Format: Paperback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 214mm x 14mm | 160g
  • Publication date: 6 July 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Normal, IL
  • ISBN 10: 1564789039
  • ISBN 13: 9781564789037
  • Sales rank: 176,845

Product description

"A book describes works conceived of but not realized by its author." Like Suicide and Autoportrait, Works is another of Eduoard Lev 's bewitching reconceptions of what the novel can (or should) do. A list of 533 projects, beginning with its own description--both likely and unlikely, sober and ridiculous; some of which Lev later realized, most of which he did not--Works ranks with the fiction of Georges Perec for its seemingly limitless, ingenious, and comical inventiveness. A lampoon of conceptual art--if not, indeed, an exemplar of its charms at their best--Works is another piece in the puzzle of Lev 's brief and fascinating life.

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Author information

Edouard Lev was born on January 1, 1965 in Neuilly-sur-Seine. A writer, photographer, and visual artist, Lev was the author of four books of writing--Works, Journal, Autoportrait, and Suicide--and three books of photographs. Suicide, published in 2008, was his final book.

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[A] mixture of thoughtfulness and self-regard, honest interrogation and mere posing... the kind of writing that got us reading in the first place. -- Zadie Smith This is fiction, but it is fiction of a sort that raises some very serious questions about the possibility of cordoning off actual realities from imagined ones... Dizzying and disturbing in a way that is quite unlike anything else I have ever read..." The Millions A slim volume of big ideas... A book charged with wit and wonder, seeded with the prospect of future masterpieces. -- Jim Ruland Los Angeles Times Works is a spectacle of pure form, a playful pageant of invention in service of nothing much more than itself. It's art made out of nonexistent art for art's sake. -- Mark O'Connell Slate A thought-provoking book of ideas for artworks that is full of unexpected moments of laughter, reveries and delight. -- Nicholas Lezard The Guardian [Works] offers insight into creativity by exploring the interaction between verbal description and visual interpretation. This novelty object will find a comfortable spot on coffee tables. Publishers Weekly An original and surprisingly funny book. -- Kevin Gildea The Irish Times