ABSTRACT

This chapter develops how the author’s memories can be related to D. W. Winnicott’s concept of primitive agony and focuses on what he calls a feeling of “falling for ever”. Georges Perec’s W or The Memory of Childhood opens with the words: In this book there are two texts which simply alternate. Through gaps, memories, fragments, facts and fiction, this semi-autobiography embodies a reconstruction of the author’s childhood. The Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID) and phantom limb phenomena also depict how illusory notions of unity structure the self in relation to the environment in a real-world scenario. Like the phantom limb and BIID individuals, whose bodies mismatch a communal concept of unity, on “W”, physical and bodily structures are informed by the social world. George Perec writing the text may be gesturing towards a traumatic split embodied by the Perec in the novel.