Portrait of a Man

Portrait of a Man

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Publisher's Synopsis

Gaspard Winckler, master forger, is trapped in a basement studio on the outskirts of Paris, with his paymaster's blood on his hands. The motive for this murder? A perversion of artistic ambition. After a lifetime lived in the shadows, he has strayed too close to the sun.

Fittingly for such an enigmatic writer, Portrait of a Man is both Perec's first novel and his last. Frustrated in his efforts to find a publisher, he put it aside, telling a friend: "I'll go back to it in ten years when it'll turn into a masterpiece, or else I'll wait in my grave until one of my faithful exegetes comes across it in an old trunk."

An apt coda to one of the brightest literary careers of the twentieth century, it is - in the words of David Bellos, the "faithful exegete" who brought it to light - "connected by a hundred threads to every part of the literary universe that Perec went on to create - but it's not like anything else that he wrote".

Book information

ISBN: 9781782060963
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Imprint: MacLehose Press
Pub date:
Edition: Reprint
DEWEY: 843.914
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 128g
Height: 131mm
Width: 198mm
Spine width: 14mm