George Perec’s dream #2: The actress

The actress

1
I am in New York at a gigantic coffee shop.

2
In Paris, a café terrace, enormous. There are lots of people, especially Algerians, with a vaguely menacing air.

3
I forget my satchel on the terrace; there are 2,500 francs in it. I go back to get it; obviously, nothing. I am genuinely devastated. My only hope is that I am dreaming (I wake up, relieved).

4
I’m visiting a female friend (nothing between us, just friends). The actress M.D. arrives. She is a tall woman, pretty and cheerful, with long blond hair; she is naked under a light dress.
I begin touching her, caressing her “absent-mindedly.”
I wind up on top of her, fondling her bare breasts.
I make love to her.

Georges Perec, La Boutique Obscure, translated by Daniel Levin Becker, Melville House 2013

George Perec’s dream #1: Illusion

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Illusion

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 turn 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)

Georges Perec, La Boutique Obscure, translated by Daniel Levin Becker, Melville House 2013