protagonists of Georges Perec’s materialist parable Things, Jerome and
Sylvie, are 24 and 22 years old, both conductors of marketing interviews. Their
dearest dream is to live in a Parisian apartment with a successfully bourgeois
interior—charmingly untidy with floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, worn black leather
sofa, roll-top desk—while in reality they inhabit a tiny, low-ceilinged space
that they can’t bring themselves to do anything about. “They would have liked
to give themselves to...
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