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The Intruder

Dreamed February 1971 by Georges Perec

Someone has managed to enter my home through the thin shower partition. He knocks and calls out to me. There's nothing hostile in his voice, in any case. It's a woman, I suppose; I smell her at the foot of my bed, she is whispering something in my ear; I am absolutely convinced I'm not dreaming; I wake with a start, a bit panicked, hearing myself say:

"What is it?"

(a few moments later, someone rings at the door. It's C., who has come to have breakfast with me and has brought croissants)

EDITOR'S NOTE

This is Dream No. 50 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 page, French to English) note what is not said.

--Chris Wayan



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