Patrick Modiano

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Winner of some of France's most prestigious literary prizes, Patrick Modiano is considered one of the most fascinating French novelists alive today. This is the first English literary critique of this best-selling French author, whose works are found increasingly in translation throughout the world and who is attracting considerable critical attention outside France.

In this lucid study, Alan Morris explores Modiano's fifteen major novels. He also traces Modiano's development as...

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Overview

Winner of some of France's most prestigious literary prizes, Patrick Modiano is considered one of the most fascinating French novelists alive today. This is the first English literary critique of this best-selling French author, whose works are found increasingly in translation throughout the world and who is attracting considerable critical attention outside France.

In this lucid study, Alan Morris explores Modiano's fifteen major novels. He also traces Modiano's development as a writer and the tragedies which have influenced his works: the death of his younger brother, the neglect of his father and the horrors of the German occupation. Morris delves into Modiano's themes of time, memory, identity and the past, clearly demonstrating this intriguing writer's key place in French writing today.

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"The text is clearly written, precisely and meticulously annotated and provides an informative introduction to those unfamiliar with Modiano as well as a wealth of new insights for existing afficionados." —Claire Hadfield, University of Lancaster

"This level-headed survey of the writer will serve as a very approachable introduction for students, as a stimulus to teachers of modern literature to explore Modiano further and as a starting-point for the more detailed explorations of this fascinating body of writing which will surely be undertaken before long." —French Studies

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Meet the Author

Alan Morris is a Senior Lecturer in French, at the University of Strathclyde.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 The Birth of a Novelist 6
2 A Novelist's Occupation: La Place de l'Etoile, La Ronde de nuit and Les Boulevards de ceinture 13
3 'Plus ca change ...': Villa Triste, Livret defamille and Rue des Boutiques Obscures 63
4 Making a Break: Une jeunesse and De si braves garcons 100
5 Tales of Crime and Mystery: Quartier perdu and Dimanches d'aout 120
6 Childhood to the Fore: Remise de peine and Vestiaire de l'enfance 142
7 Towards a Final Exorcism: Voyage de noces, Fleurs de ruine and Un cirque passe 168
Conclusion 205
Select Bibliography 212
Index 220
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