Perec, Georges

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Perec, Georges Gender: M
born on 7 March 1936 at 21:00 (= 9:00 PM )
Place Paris, France, 48n52, 2e20
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Geslain
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 17°08' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 13°22 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 23°46'


French novelist, filmmaker, documentalist and essayist. He was a member of the Oulipo group.

--Oulipo: Ouvroir de littérature potentielle; roughly translated:workshop of potential literature, is a loose gathering of (mainly) French-speaking writers and mathematicians which seeks to create works using constrained writing techniques.

Perec started writing reviews and essays for La Nouvelle Revue française and Les Lettres nouvelles, prominent literary publications, while studying history and sociology at the Sorbonne.

In 1958/59 Perec served in the army (XVIIIe Régiment de Chasseurs Parachutistes), and married Paulette Petras after being discharged.

In 1961, Perec began working at the Neurophysiological Research Laboratory in the unit's research library funded by the CNRS and attached to the Hôpital Saint-Antoine as an archivist, a low-paid position which he retained until 1978. In the meantime Perec began working on a series of radio plays in the late 60s; less than a decade later, he was making films. Perec also created crossword puzzles for Le Point from 1976 on.

La Vie mode d'emploi (1978) brought Perec some financial and critical success, it won the Prix Médicis, and allowed him to turn to writing full-time. He was a writer in residence at the University of Queensland, Australia in 1981, during which time he worked on the unfinished 53 Jours (53 Days).

Shortly after his return from Australia, his health deteriorated. A heavy smoker, he was diagnosed with lung cancer. He died the following year, only forty-five years old


Asteroid no. 2817, discovered in 1982, was named after Perec. In 1994, a street in the 20th arrondissement of Paris was named after him, rue Georges-Perec. The French postal service issued a stamp in 2002 in his honour; it was designed by Marc Taraskoff and engraved by Pierre Albuisson.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Family trauma 1940 (father died in WW II from shrapnel wounds)
  • Family trauma 1943 (mother died in Auschwitz)
  • Family : Adopted by Parent 1945 (cared for/ adopted by paternal aunt and uncle 1942 official 1945)
  • Work : Prize 1965 (Prix Renaudot for Les Choses)
  • Work : Prize 1974 (Prix Jean Vigo for Un homme qui dort together with Bernard Queyssanne)
  • Work : Prize 1978 (Prix Médicis for La vie, mode d'emploi)

Source Notes

Collection Didier Geslain

Sy Scholfield quotes him in his autobiography, "Je suis né le samedi 7 mars 1936, vers neuf heures du soir, dans une maternité sise 19, rue de l'Adas, à Paris, 19' arrondissement." Translated in "W Or The Memory of Childhood" by Georges Perec (Vintage/Random House, 2011), p. 19: "I was born on Saturday, 7 March 1936, towards nine in the evening, in a maternity clinic located at 19 Rue de l'Atlas, in the xixth arrondissement of Paris."


  • Lifestyle : Work : Work in team/ Tandem
  • Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction (novels)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award