| Un homme qui dort|
The Man Who Sleeps (1974)
| Andrew Leak|
| Which Moped with Chrome-plated Handlebars at the Back of the Yard?|
Things: A Story of the Sixties, Life a User's Manual, A Void, W - or the Memory of Childhood, Which Moped with Chrome
A Man Asleep (French: Un homme qui dort) is a 1967 novel by the French writer Georges Perec. It uses a second-person narrative, and follows a 25-year-old student, who one day decides to be indifferent about the world. A Man Asleep was adapted into a 1974 film, The Man Who Sleeps.
A Man Asleep Wikipedia
The novel was published in France through Éditions Denoël in 1967. An English translation by Andrew Leak was published in 1990 through David R. Godine, Publisher, in a shared volume with Perec's first novel, Things: A Story of the Sixties.
Upon the American release, Richard Eder of the Los Angeles Times compared the two novels of the volume—Things and A Man Asleep—, and wrote that Things was "the more engaging of the two, though less focused and ultimately, perhaps, less memorable." He wrote that in A Man Asleep, "Perec shows a beauty on the far side of the void; a humanity on the far side of refusal."