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April 25, 2006


Georges Perec's giant novel "La vie mode d'emploi" not only includes an index of names and places, but also parts of real or faked operations manuals, shopping lists and heterogeneous inventories, sometimes pertaining to a kind of collage of what Ballard calls invisible literature. Interestingly, it also contains "real" invisible literature : lengthy quotes of real writers -- Borges, Kafka, J. Verne, A. Christie, etc. -- included in the text, without a mention of origin or any other typographical or textual mark that a quotation appears, so that they are effectively made part of the narration.

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