A Man Asleep

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A Man Asleep
First English-language publication
AuthorGeorges Perec
Original titleUn homme qui dort
TranslatorAndrew Leak
PublisherÉditions Denoël
Publication date
Published in English

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.[1]


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.[2]


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."[2]

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  1. ^ "Un homme qui dort". AlloCiné (in French). Tiger Global. Retrieved 2011-10-30.
  2. ^ a b Eder, Richard (1990-11-04). "All Parts, No Sum". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-10-30.