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Monday, August 06, 2018

A void (1969)by George Perec


Book Review
A void (1969)
by George Perec


   How do you translate a book, written in French without the letter "E" into English?  Seems like it would be impossible, but in 1995 an English translation was published, and it managed to adhere to the same rule- omitting the letter e.  I left A Void to the end of the 1001 Books project because it seems like reading a book with no e's in it would be tedious and confusing.  A Void is, indeed, both tedious and incredibly confusing.  I also found it impossible to put aside the fact that no e's were used in the book- although I noted that the number twenty was written out 20, and thus the e avoided by a technicality. 

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