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Paris Nocturne

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Patrick Modiano, winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize for literature and an internationally beloved novelist, has been honored with an array of prizes, including the 2010 Prix mondial Cino Del Duca by the Institut de France for lifetime achievement and the 2012 Austrian State Prize for European Literature. He lives in Paris. Phoebe Weston-Evans is a freelance translator and editor.


"A chilling portrait of everyday obsession ... a sober and satisfying reminder of life's slipperiness ... edgy and distilled ... intriguing and readable."-Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal (starred review) -- Barbara Hoffert Library Journal "This novel provides a superb and-at 160 pages-accessible entry to [Modiano's] writings... The narrator's search for Jacqueline propels the novel forward with the intensity of a noir. But Modiano is not writing mere pulp; the novel's true center is the past's pull, the way memories lay dormant for years only to explode 'like a time bomb.' "-Publishers Weekly Publishers Weekly "This is classic Modiano ... shapely, acOf the Modiano books to appear this year (and since he won the Nobel last year, more are expected), Paris Nocturne is the mostcessible, and satisfying."-Michael Autrey, Booklist -- Michael Autrey Booklist "It is easy to become totally engrossed in this work ... Reading Modiano can be an addicting experience ... A reader would have to have a heart of granite not to identify empathetically with this speaker as he reveals his life-in its many different aspects across time-and with the author whose own life parallels, if not duplicates, these events."-Mary Whipple, Seeing the World Through Books (blog) -- Mary Whipple Seeing the World Through Books "Beautifully written and translated ... simultaneously realistic and hallucinatory, suspenseful and calm, and finally, poignant."-Ariel Balter, New York Journal of Books -- Ariel Balter New York Journal of Books Longlisted for the 2016 PEN/Translation prize given by PEN America. -- Translation Prize PEN America "A haunting tramp across the years in search of a woman named Jacqueline, but also of lost places and past selves."-Charlotte Rogan, in the San Francisco Chronicle's "Writer's Favorite Books of 2015" -- Charlotte Rogan San Francisco Chronicle "The power of Paris Nocturne lies in its convincing evocation of [a] kind of deja vu, this uncertainty whether past is present or present is past... Paris Nocturne, as its title suggests, has the nighttime logic of a dream."-Adam Kirsch, Daily Beast -- Adam Kirsch Daily Beast "[Paris Nocturne] feels like a strange, ephemeral lyric poem to post-war Paris... Ultimately, the book, and much of Modiano's work, is about the necessity of remembering the traces of human life which history can't record and rendering them in art-unverifiable, ambiguous, lasting."-Karl Williams, Michigan Daily -- Karl Williams Michigan Daily "Modiano writes as though through a scrim, at once transparent and cloudy, and shows us something that is beautiful because it is precisely imprecise, because it cannot, will not, may not be known."-Yevgeniya Traps, Forward -- Yevgeniya Traps Forward "[A] haunting novel ... Modiano's limpid and elliptical style blend[s] vagueness and precision, realism and dreaminess."-Gerald Prince, World Literature Today -- Gerald Prince World Literature Today

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