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The Missing Pieces (Semiotext


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Like a minimalist mosaic-requiem, The Missing Pieces makes a David-Markson-esque argument for the value of the pathos-ridden holes that artists and writers leave behind. This magnificent book demonstrates why literature demands a steady stream of innovations -- and why we need to pay reverent attention to the blank and punished places where unfinished or destroyed works of art continue to make themselves heard. -- Wayne Koestenbaum

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Henri Lefebvre, born in 1959 in Salon-de-Provence, lives and works in Paris. He founded and directs Les Cahiers de la Seine, a publishing house devoted to contemporary poetry. Kate Zambreno, the author of two novels, O Fallen Angel and Green Girl and the work Heroines (Semiotext(e)), teaches in the writing programs at Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College. She is at work on a series of books about time, memory, and the persistence of art, which includes Book of Mutter and the forthcoming Drifts.


The Missing Pieces is a list not only to be read an item at a time, but, as the very cover of the book itself might imply, to be viewed as a mishmash of things forgotten, and of things we need to dutifully remember. -Micah McCrary, Bookslut
Into a contemporary landscape of data mining and information fracking comes Henri Lefebvre's The Missing Pieces, a beautifully absurd accumulation of useless numbers and gravid blankness.... Like history's own compacted narrative, Lefebvre's economy of restraint holds countless events suspended in a semicolon. -Prudence Peiffer, Bookforum
I can't recommend it enough. The entries are short, tightly written fragments-a funny, absurd, poignant and melancholy gathering of things that once were, but are now gone. -Carolina Miranda, Los Angeles Times
The Missing Pieces has as much to do with presence as with absence, and this tells us something about the canon, and-forgive me-about 'poetry in general.' I mean that no equivalent list of artworks or gains or successes could be so powerful as The Missing Pieces. -3:AM Magazine

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