Thursday, October 9, 2014

Patrick Modiano / Five key books

Five key books
by Patrick Modiano

1. La Place de l'Etoile, 1968
This semi-autobiographical first novel made an immediate impact with its story of the repercussions of anti-semitism in France in the second world war.
2. Rue des boutiques obscures (Missing Person) 1978
An existential tale about a detective who has lost his memory, which won Modiano the Prix Goncourt.
3. Voyage des Noces (The Honeymoon) 1990
Novel filling in the gaps left by the disappearance of Dora Bruder (see below)
4. Dora Bruder, 1997
Research, speculation and imagination combine in the story of a Jewish girl who went missing during the Occupation of France.
5. Un Pedigree (A Pedigree), 2005
The story of Modiano's own life up until his 21st year.

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