W, or The Memory of Childhood (Perec)

I always wonder why certain authors get lost, and Perec is one I want to help re-discover. What a remarkable and original book. There are two stories here – a memoir and a dystopian vision of an island community that parallels Nazi Germany. I know, I know; there is so much Holocaust literature. But each individual section, as well as the juxtaposition of the two, compels contemplation. What does it mean to be a witness? What does it mean to stand by? How does atrocity happen while people are watching?

I’ve ordered another Perec book – Life: A User’s Manual. No kidding; find this author.

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