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Illusion

Dreamed December 1968 by Georges Perec

I am dreaming
She is beside me
I tell myself I'm dreaming
But the pressure of her hand against mine feels too strong
I wake up
She really is beside me
Delirious joy
I rurn on the lights
Light bursts forth for a hundredth of a second then goes out
(a rattling lamp)
I embrace her

(I wake up: I am alone)

EDITOR'S NOTE

This is Dream No.4 from Perec's La Boutique Obscure: 124 Dreams, translated from the French by Daniel Levin Becker. Perec's famous for word- and mind-games; his best known novel, A Void, omits the letter E--as the title, elliptically, typically, warns. So beyond the hazards of double translation (dream to French, French to English) note what is not said.

--Chris Wayan



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