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S for a raise is one perec must have been familiar with as he accurately captured the anxiety dread and uncertainty that accompanies such a brave reuest lacking all punctuation and thus sentence paragraph and chapter breaks the story xudes a simple charm perhaps derived from the fact that the form seems remarkably well suited to the content the repetitive prose that marks the work never becomes tiresome as this too resembles so much of the utter redundancy of many modern workplaces an attempt at xperimental fiction such as this one may have failed in lesser hands but perec was able to nsure its success very much turning something artificial and detached into something animate and interesting a strange allure persists following a reading of this book and it may well be on account of its second person narrative for surely Worlds of Weber everyone dreams of soliciting their boss for greater payverso snglish Stargate SG-1 Atlantis (SGX, edition of the art and craft of approaching your head of department to submit a reuest for a raise is a small yet beautiful one thendpapers feature a flow chart designed by jacues perriaud originator of the idea to compose a book utilizing the rules of computing perec used this chart in writing the text as it provides the basic repetitive structure found within remember that if mr x is not in his office when you go to ask for an appointment you can always wait for him by walking up and down in the corridor or if he is running late by schmoozing with ms wye if in fact she is in her office and a good mood or Distant Stars else by circumperambulating the various departments which taken together constitute the whole or part of the consortium which pays you a pittance while grinding away the best years of your life It s hard toscape the conclusion that Georges Perec was one smart bastard and this is near the pinnacle of his most smartypants oulipian The Hollow Crown Affair (The Man From U.N.C.L.E., experimental fiction And like the bestxperimental fiction it s something us office drones can relate to as I write this I m scanning the fluorescent lit Cisco dialtone world which I m paid to inhabit Космически хищници eight hours a day and like Perec I find myself writing weirdly recursive little scribbles in my notebook Too bad they ll never be as good as Perec s so you pick up this book and youither read it or you don t if you don t you re missing out on a really cool xperiment that may seem tedious at first but keep with it if you keep with it you will come out in the nd with a deeper appreciation of the power or language and an The Deathbird Other Stories empowerment to break the rules if only to learn why the rules are there in the first place and if you read it which you should you may decide you need to take a breakvery once in a while because all this circumperambulation is getting a little wearisome but then he ll throw in a word or two that makes it all fresh again and you pick the book up again and start just anywhere on the page cuz the lack of punctuation means the beginning can be anywhere but During the one proper occupation I have held down within an adulthood of shameless bumming about
in the name of books i once considered the name of books I once considered a raise I was writing a novel Letters from Atlantis entitled A Postmodern Belch at the time large portions of which were completed in the staff room and the constant interruptions at having to return to work in an abandoned hotel for bankers who never read novels forced me into confronting the boss an inferior about thethics of keeping a promising talent in a worthless occupation while
could be writing a novel in nothing happens four times and sitting on his keister reading hundreds of novels that will help refine his artistic acumen I never confronted the boss but the fact I If I were to write one sentence novel about professional life this would be it Unfortunately it s already written and as sentences novels go it s uite long short and impressive despite being rather lacking in decisive action and conclusive argument but since it does Galaxy Quest exist in all its incompleteness I won t write it as that would be superfluous and redundant actions should be avoided which is something I learned from reading this sentence novel about how to get a raise and I am very grateful I learned at least something from reading it because despite its suggestive title the sentence novel does NOT tell you how to get a raise as the protagonist fails in thendeavor despite taking care to add a beautiful chart to describe the different paths leading to the boss office in order to ask for the well deserved raiseSo I won t write that sentence novel But I will happily add another superfluous review to my collection Here it is To make up for the lack of punctuation above I will add a lot of it hereBrilliant absolutely fantastic failure to describe how human beings function on a daily basis Beginning with a flow chart it shows different options that present themselves to an insignificant I Will Fear No Evil employee in an undefined company The text tries toxpress in words how we go in circles checking availability and options trying and retrying to connect to our The Mystery of Cloomber environment without any tangible success It is also wonderful and incredibly funny proof that life as we actually live it cannot be accurately transformed into a text or a computer program It simply has too many variablesPelevin s The Helmet of Horror The Myth of Theseus and the Minotaur is not of a labyrinth than thisveryday serendipity around a boss office The message in ach case is as subtle as it is absoluteGet lostMust Read if you like incomprehensible texts Or the harsh realities of life Or both Might be something for fans of old fashioned flow charts as well. Perec famously wrote a whole novel without using the letter 'e' Now in this playful short novel brilliantly translated by David Bellos Perec once again dispenses with the normal rules for literary compostion with similarly pyrotechnic resul.
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Read ↠ PDF, Book or Kindle PUB free ↠ Georges PerecThe translator himself has this to sayTranslating a text which is close to being unreadable in the original is a paradoxical but not a particularly difficult task since ordinary readability is hardly an issueHe protests too much This is certainly readable that much of Gertrude Stein who also used a great deal of repetition and is njoyable than many of Perec s other works in part because it is briefThe concept was to write a story based on the way a computer thinks so the story follows a flowchart through branching paths and loops The flowchart is printed in my dition The repetition itself is somewhat funny but it is made ven funny by small deviations here and there from strict repetition This could be really funny in audiobook format and Perec did in fact create a stage version which was njoyed by fans of IonescoThe American dition inexplicably shortens the title to The art of asking your boss for a raise The longer original title gives a better feel for what this book is like Also the title should be like the text completely in lower case but I m not going to battle the GR librarians over thatFun but not Stargate Universe essential I d rather take another spin through the somewhat similar absurdist game The Stanley Parable instead Maddeningcharming programatic loop variations on officennui and despair This book is brief so I will also be briefI was going to say that I am perfectly willing to be proven wrong in this but then I realized that I was in fact not in any way willing to be proven wrong in this and I won t The High Crusade even botherntertaining counter points I don t actually think Perec Arthur and the Forbidden City ever made a literary misstep LikeverThe actual title of this book in literal translation is the art and craft of approaching your head of department to submit a reuest for a raise Believe it or not this is actually a much apt title than The Art of Asking Your Boss for a Raise and it annoys me that it was changed I m not really sure why the change it s not like it s going to appeal to a larger audience though I will note that the thought that someone is giving this book away to co workers or business friends as well meaning advice is fucking hilarious But that original title in all its clinical wordiness is actually perfect for this book as this book is in fact meant to novelize a computer simulation of a flow chart showing how to ask ones boss for a raiseI let that sink inYes this is a novelization of a flow chart Christ I fucking love Perec And to make things better there is not one single piece of punctuation in the Silver Bullets entire book until the period on the very last pagexcluding I suppose dashes having carefully weighed the pros and cons you gird up your loins and make up your mind to go and see your head of department to ask for a raise so you go to see your head of department let us assume to keep things simple for we must be do our best to keep things simple that his name is mr xavier that s to say mr x it s one thing or t other Robin either mr x is at his desk or mr x is not at his desk if mr x is at his desk it will be uite straighforward but obviously mr x is not at his desk And it s not a spoiler since the flowchart is included in the front and back of the book but the flowchart does not actually have any output where you actually get a raiseAll around clever wellxecuted at times laugh out loud funny I recommend the reader set aside a uiet hour to just blast through the whole thing Entirely worth your time you pick up this book and decide to read it see that it s by georges perec and think well maybe the last book was bad and the one before that was horrible but perhaps this one may not be so bad or Body and Soul (Alien Nation, else you think that the last book was good and the one before that was great superbven so obviously this book would be right up your alley so you go down to the library it s one or t other ither the book is in or
it is not in if the book is not in thenis not in if the book is not in then have no choice but to go and visit the bookstore just on the corner at which point it is one or t other ither the bookstore carries the book or the bookstore does not carry the book and if the bookstore does not carry the book then you are off to circumperambulate the various streets in the neighborhood which constitutes
THE WHOLE OR PART OF THEwhole or part of the that is
your life well then the next day you decide that perhaps the library may have the book in today solife well then the next day you decide that perhaps the library may have the book in today so go down to the library it s one or t other Metropolis XXX either the book is in or it is not in if the book is not then you have no choice but to go and visit the bookstore just on the corner at which point it is one or t otherither the bookstore carries the book or the bookstore does not but let s say that this time the bookstore carries the book in which case it s one or t other Darwins Radio either you havenough money in your wallet to purchase the book or you do not well let s say that you open your wallet and nothing but a moth flies out and a half chewed through dollar bill and you see or rather don t A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes, even see but just know that obviously this book by georges perec costs than that single dollar you have in your wallet so at that point you have no choice but to circumperambulate the various streets of the neighborhood which constitutes the whole or part of the city you live in well then you decide to go to the library the next day despite its raining in which case you really had better take an umbrella as you travel down to the library on foot because you wish to save your cab fare for the book in the bookstore just in case the book happens to be in but first you decide to check the library in which case it s one or t otherither the. So having weighed the pros and cons you've decided to approach your boss to ask for that well arned raise in salary but before you schedule the all important meeting you decide to dip into this handy volume in the hope of finding some valu. Book is in or it s not well today the book is in and so you reach out and grab the book by georges perec this beautiful book you have been waiting for weeks now to read ver since you heard about it heard about how georges perec has this new book out well and then you open up the cover to see that this isn t georges perec s new book at all that the book has been misprinted and inside are all just blank pages so you take the book to the clerk and it s one or t other ither the clerk understands that you found the book on the shelf in the state that you found it or she accuses you of somehow replacing very page of the book with a blank page let us say that she accuses you of somehow replacing The Hunt for Tokyo Rose every page of the book with a blank page in which case you will have to pay the now steaming with fury clerk the sum of money that normally constitutes your cab fare and that you were saving today to purchase the copy of that book that very book you held or thought you held in your hands you were thinking of purchasing it at the bookstore well now you have no money and no choice but to circumperambulate the streets that comprise the whole or part of the city whose buildings hang oppressively over your head and stare down at you well you re not sure if you llver get to read this book but you really ought to try because what is the whole point of life if you re not Norwegian Wood even going to try and find this book now my personal opinion is that we should all immediately uit our jobs right away the sooner the better bash that desktop computer screen to tiny bits with your fists and make a bloody mosaic pluck the buttons from the keyboard and play an impromptu game of Scrabble with your most loathed office mate take that cute little gal or guy you secretly crush on out to a field of wildflowers and frig your brains out make wreaths of crushed wildflowers and long grasses and place petals on your naked bodies in pleasing patterns watch from the wildflower field as your newly liberatedx coworkers light the high rise aflame glory at the luminescent vision of window panes heated to their melting point and the glittering rainbow lava flows they make as they spill Lost Heritage (Harlequin Romance, erotically down twisting girders and crackling buckling concrete go next door to the bank and let loose the guard dogs give them steaks pet their nuzzles rob the bank take a hostage and give him 20000 dollars have a steak dinner with the guard dogs give them A 1 sauce and roasted garlic to sueeze onto the steaks make sure there s butter when the police come you ll realize they ve uit their jobs too and you all shoot police issue pistols at the setting sun and then the moon you shoot guns into the air all night long you shatter the moon the moon is gone you drink bottles of lillet rouge and Syrian arak withx policemen until sunrise when you use the rest of your ammo up shooting leaves off of the trees at the arboretum the Amorphophallus titanum the corpse
flower is blooming and the stench combined with the alcohol makes you retch you see a suspiciousis blooming and the stench combined with the alcohol makes you retch you see a suspicious spot forming on your genitals and you curse that frigged office mate but uietly you decide something needs to be done you begin writing out an mployee s valuation form and in the accomplishments for the past fiscal year line you write GAVE ME REDDENING SPOT ON GENITALS REUEST ANALYSIS AND POSSIBLE FURLOUGH you realize the alcohol has only made the Circle of Blue ex policemen angry and confused and without a proper outlet toxpend their nergies they re out of ammo and the moon s shot out of the sky and anyway the sky is blood red because this is THE DAY EVERYONE KNEW WAS COMING BUT COULDN T CONCEIVE OF and now the policemen are polishing their billy clubs and winking at ach other and the guard dogs have wiped their faces clean of steak juices with checkered napkins you provided and are yeing you greedily and bottles of lillet rouge have burst in the gutters and you realize your job was your health insurance provider and your genitals ache and burn and the atmosphere is getting hotter and hotter and the sky is red like hellfire and the cement under your naked feet is starting to liuefy and there you are you naked idiot and THE DAY EVERYONE KNEW WAS COMING BUT DENIED is here at last french xperimental writer and oulipo member georges perec was commissioned in the late 1960s to use a computer s basic mode of operation as a writing device writing within a self imposed set of constraints aimed at mimicking a computer s internal decision making process perec crafted a short work that simulated the speed and tireless repetitiveness of a computer program by abandoning all forms of
PUNCTUATION AS WELL AS THE DISTINCTIONas well as the distinction upper and lower case letters the result the art and craft of approaching your head of department to submit a reuest for a raise was then published in an academic review in the Sleepless Nights in the Procrustean Bed (I.O. Evans Studies in the Philosophy Criticism of Literature 5) early 1970s the piece was adapted for both french and german stages and later reworked for a chapter in his 1978 novel life a user s manual la vie mode dmploi the original work now translated into The Manhattan Memoirs english by david bellos however has remained all but forgotten for nearly four decades the art and craft of approaching your head of department to submit a reuest for a raise appearing on the dust jacket as the art of asking your boss for a raise despite finding its full name on the title page is uniue curious and well crafted perec obviously admired the challenge of his assignment as he turned out a piece that while robotic in style is still infused with character and humor the absurdity that one must oftenndure in asking your bos. Able tips but instead find a hilarious mind bending farcical account of all the many different things that may or may not happen on the journey to see your boss which uses no punctuation or capitalisation and certainly no full stopsGeorges.