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Patrick Modiano

Autor(a) de Missing Person

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About the Author

Paul Modiano is a French writer who was born on July 30, 1945, in Boulogne-Billancourt. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2014 for his lifetime body of work. He previously won the Austrian State Prize for European Literature in 2012 and the Prix mondial Cino Del Duca from the Institut de mostrar mais France for his lifetime achievement in 2010. His other awards include the Prix Goncourt in 1978 for his novel Rue des boutiques obscures and the Grand prix du roman de l'Académie française in 1972 for Les Boulevards de ceinture. Modiano's works explore the traumas of the Nazi occupation of France and the puzzle of identity. His preoccupation with the theme of identity can be seen throughout many of his works including his 2005 memoir entitled Un Pedigree. Modiano was greatly influenced by his parents' relationship. His mother and father began their clandestine relationship during occupied France. Growing up, his father was absent for most of his life and his mother was away frequently while on tour acting. He was alone much of the time and went to school because of government aid. His younger brother died of a disease at age 10 and this added to his "lost identity" feelings while growing up. Modiano first came to prominence in France when he wrote the 1968 book La Place de L'Étoile. He has published over 30 works which include novels, screenplays and children's books. His other works include: La Ronde de nuit (1969), English translation: Night Rounds; Rue des boutiques obscures (1978), English translation: Missing Person; and Quartier Perdu (1984), English translation: A Trace of Malice. Although he is well known in France, only about 12 of his works have been translated into English. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras por Patrick Modiano

Missing Person (1978) 978 exemplares
In the Café of Lost Youth (2016) 821 exemplares
Dora Bruder (1997) 802 exemplares
The Black Notebook (2012) 390 exemplares
Villa Triste (1976) 325 exemplares
Pedigree (2004) 319 exemplares
Young Once (1981) 304 exemplares
Little Jewel (2001) 303 exemplares
Honeymoon (1990) 289 exemplares
La Place de l'étoile (1968) — Autor — 277 exemplares
Paris Nocturne (2003) 252 exemplares
Out of the Dark (1996) 216 exemplares
Ring Roads (1972) 197 exemplares
Sundays in August (1986) 190 exemplares
The Night Watch (1969) 184 exemplares
After the Circus (1992) 180 exemplares
L'horizon (2001) 180 exemplares
Sleep of Memory (2017) 177 exemplares
Such Fine Boys (1981) 172 exemplares
Catherine Certitude (1988) 144 exemplares
Family Record (1977) 140 exemplares
A Trace of Malice (1984) 137 exemplares
Invisible Ink: A Novel (2019) 132 exemplares
Des inconnues (2007) 86 exemplares
Remise de peine (1988) 85 exemplares
Fleurs de ruine (1991) 83 exemplares
Chien de printemps (1993) 76 exemplares
Vestiaire de l'enfance (1989) 71 exemplares
Chevreuse (2021) 59 exemplares
Romans (2013) 37 exemplares
Memory Lane (1981) 30 exemplares
Lacombe, Lucien [1974 film] (2006) — Screenwriter — 29 exemplares
Scene of the Crime: A Novel (2023) 28 exemplares
La danseuse (2023) 24 exemplares
Verhoor (1976) 21 exemplares
Discours à l'Académie suédoise (2015) 17 exemplares
28 Paradis (2005) 16 exemplares
Nos débuts dans la vie (2017) 13 exemplares
Blue Aloha (2018) 11 exemplares
Poupée blonde (1983) 9 exemplares
Patrick Modiano (2012) — Autor — 6 exemplares
Elle s'appelait Françoise... (1996) 5 exemplares
Une aventure de Choura (1986) 4 exemplares
Osynligt bläck (2021) 4 exemplares
Unsichtbare Tinte, 3 Audio-CD (2021) 4 exemplares
Ephéméride (2002) 3 exemplares
Los mundos de Catalina (2001) 2 exemplares
Kötü Bir Ilkbahar (2015) 2 exemplares
Karanlik Dükkanlar Sokagi (2020) 2 exemplares
Hogy el ne tévedj (2015) 2 exemplares
U kafeu izgubljene mladosti (2014) 2 exemplares
Hüzünlü Ev (2022) 1 exemplar
UM CIRCO PASSA 1 exemplar
Une fiancée pour choura (1987) 1 exemplar
Aux jours anciens (1998) 1 exemplar
Mahallede Kaybolma Diye (2019) 1 exemplar
Horizont (2015) 1 exemplar
Je me souviens de tout... (2015) 1 exemplar
Ensemble 1 exemplar
Yikinti Cicekleri (2015) 1 exemplar
Usynlig blekk (2021) 1 exemplar
Sovende minder (2022) 1 exemplar
Bloemen en puin 1 exemplar
Bir Genclik (1997) 1 exemplar
Patrick Modiano - Caixa (2014) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Journal of Hélène Berr (2008) — Prefácio — 454 exemplares
Die letzten Dinge: Lebensendgespräche (2015) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Dora Bruder de Patrick Modiano (2006) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



Nearly 40 years ago, Modiano came across an ad in a 1941 edition of Paris Soir: by two Jewish parents seeking for their daughter who had run away from boarding school. His interest piqued, Modiano set forth on a ten year search to find out more about the life and possible death of the child, Dora Bruder. While he never forgot her, his search was intermittent. He looked at documents and newspapers. He trawled through the streets of the Paris Dora frequented, though many of them had changed almost beyond recognition. In this document of his search, he paints a picture of the Nazi occupation of Paris, of the lives of the Jewish citizenry - incomers from all over Europe - under Pétain's regime. He connects and contrasts Dora's adolescence to his own. This then is a personal story, as much about Modiano himself as about Dora Bruder. It is though a memorial to her, and to any and all of the Jews who lived and died in that particular and brutal period of French history.… (mais)
Margaret09 | 35 outras críticas | Apr 15, 2024 |
Subtly twisty memory ghosts. Maybe perfect? No, I don't know what happened, but that doesn't matter.
Kiramke | 27 outras críticas | Mar 28, 2024 |
"[B]ut what she said." [end of text] — Kafka, "The Castle"

Modiano, is, in some way, the opposite of Handke: we sense he is always making a mistake (Handke writes "Deep Blue"). Our author is constructing a story of loss whose heroines, unlike in Sebald (Austerlitz), are not stored in carbonic (maid) nor celluloid (mother). Here, we are seeking the Polaroid, going after the (ephemeral) magazine, recalling the issue our chief character borrows with a promise and fails to return. A history of magazines not returned. Nobody seems to ask any questions. Eager to believe. He is always responding 'yes' as if at a séance or motivational interview. And we sense our narrator has never actually left that office full of books of faded directories bequeathed at the outset of his journey - playing, instead, an Oulipian game of construction: semantic connections, constellations (and makeup) on empty space.

But this is just a kind of bad writing (there are good and bad ways to do Oulipo), arising from the space of imagination and always making a mistake. Among those we know to practice confabulation (I am seeking a less pejorative term), O'Connor's efforts are most frail, Joyce Carol Oates a little better with history to stand on, Murnane's are more complex (Because he is always scraping the imaginary landscape to the bone. (This is how, at his most successful, we are occasionally getting the so-called Murnane-sentence, hardly more than a phrase, which is trying to go a little deeper.)) It sometimes takes more imagination to do nothing at all. Modiano, who has surely read Kafka (The Castle), may have done better to cut our novella short mid-sentence during that scene adrift in the Swiss Alps (also the halting point of my memory of the text).
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Joe.Olipo | 31 outras críticas | Jan 1, 2024 |
Jean, l’habitual alter ego de Modiano, evoca des del present de la setantena la primavera dels seus vint anys, quan la freqüentació de dues dones (la Camille i la Martine) i els escenaris per on elles es movien el va fer recordar uns fets de la infantesa que havia oblidat. Jean primer sospita i després confirma que hi ha una mena de complot teixit al seu voltant porque doni testimoni d’uns fets delictius que va presenciar de petit, relacionats amb una casa al poble de Chevreuse. La novel·la que fa quaranta de l’autor francès confirma el seu estat d'excel·lència creativa, amb obres que concentren la seva essència literària: riquesa de sentit, subtilesa i un estil límpid que arriba a tothom.… (mais)
bcacultart | 2 outras críticas | Dec 11, 2023 |



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