Search Results: "Patrick Modiano"


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VILLA TRISTE by Patrick Modiano
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2016

"Not much happens in these elegantly written pages, but the atmospherics are perfect: a brilliant evocation of place, memory, and loss, shot through with an aching nostalgia."
In his fourth novel, first published in 1975, Nobel Prize-winning French writer Modiano develops his now-trademark demimonde of secrets kept and personae doffed and donned. Read full book review >

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DORA BRUDER by Patrick Modiano
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Not a Holocaust memoir or historical fiction but a skillful reconstruction of a life that strides the two genres. (3 b&w photos, 2 maps)"
A hauntingly fetching book, centered on one teenage girl's avoidable death. Read full book review >

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IN THE CAFÉ OF LOST YOUTH by Patrick Modiano
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2016

"Evocative and perfectly written—trademark Modiano, in other words."
A short, pensive novel of bohemian Paris just after the war, Nobel Prize winner Modiano's (Missing Person, 2015, etc.) favorite time and place.Read full book review >

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MISSING PERSON by Patrick Modiano
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 30, 2004

"Beautifully written and perfectly noirish, as though the world were being seen through a haze of Gauloise smoke. Be warned, though: after reading this, a sensitive soul may well seize up the next time a stranger waves."
"I am nothing." There's Modiano (Honeymoon, 2014, etc.), recipient of the 2014 Nobel Prize in literature, in a nutshell—making this 1978 novel a fine introduction to his work.Read full book review >

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THE OCCUPATION TRILOGY by Patrick Modiano
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Fans of Maurice Chevalier won't be pleased, but Modiano's admirers will find this early work fascinating."
"I know the life stories of these shadows is of no great interest to anyone, but if I didn't write it down, no one else would do it": three early novels by Nobel Prize-winning French author Modiano (Suspended Sentences, 2014, etc.) that look back to the years of the Nazi occupation. Read full book review >

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YOUNG ONCE by Patrick Modiano
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2016

"Quiet but powerful; fans of Modiano's smoky, humid postwar world will enjoy this slowly unfolding mystery."
Modiano's transitional novel, first published in 1981, that marked an end to literary experimentation in favor of his largely unadorned though deeply atmospheric style. Read full book review >

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HONEYMOON by Patrick Modiano
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 2014

"Trademark Modiano, brittle and elegant, with more questions than answers."
Brooding, philosophically rich novel by Modiano (Missing Person, 2014, etc.), recipient of the 2014 Nobel Prize in literature.Read full book review >

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SUSPENDED SENTENCES by Patrick Modiano
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Yes, but fictions with a moral bite, depicting a world in which everyone, it seems, is complicit in crimes not yet specified. Moody, elegant and dour."
"One meets the strangest people in one's life." Indeed, and so it is in this somber trilogy of novellas from the recent French Nobel Prize winner. Read full book review >

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SO YOU DON'T GET LOST IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD by Patrick Modiano
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Lyrical and portentous—and sometimes even 'dreary and threatening,' as Daragne describes the voice at the other end of the line. Vintage Modiano, and a pleasure for fans of neonoir fiction."
Claustrophobic, moody, none-more-noir novel by French Nobel Prize winner Modiano (Suspended Sentences, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >

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THE BLACK NOTEBOOK by Patrick Modiano
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"An atmospheric, smoky, sepia-toned whodunit, though more for fans of Camus than Chandler."
"Around us, you're in danger of catching leprosy": French Nobel Prize winner Modiano (Villa Triste, 2016, etc.) explores the criminal demimonde in a short but potent novel that's as elegant as Claude Rains and as sinister as Peter Lorre. Read full book review >

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CATHERINE CERTITUDE by Patrick Modiano
Released: July 1, 2001

"Not for every child, and, indeed, not for every adult. It's not exactly as if Dostoyevsky had turned to writing Mother Goose rhymes, but the darkness is there—and so is the brilliance."
A beguiling children's story—well, after a fashion, anyway—by the latest winner of the Nobel Prize in literature (Suspended Sentences, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >