by Georges Perec

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53 Days is a mystery about mysteries. Fictional novels are referenced and play a central role in solving the multifaceted crime. The author himself died in the midst of writing this novel, which is mysterious in and of itself. The plot of the novel is actually about a mystery novelist who disappears amid conspiracy and the crime is passed along to a former schoolmate to solve, who then passes the mystery on to a police detective when he disappears. The format is experimental and the mystery of the plot is dense with code and conspiracy. All of the mystery of the plot carries over to the novel itself: was this what Perec intended? It is a little ironic and strange that this was his final work...

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