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Suspended sentences

Suspended sentences

: Three novellas

by Patrick Modiano ; translated from the French by Mark Polizzotti
23rd April, 2015

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Elegant. Unpretentious. Approachable. . . . He is, all in all, quite an endearing Nobelist. -Michael Dirda, Washington Post
 
Modiano is a pure original. -Adam Thirlwell, The Guardian
 
A fine introduction to Modiano's later work. -The Economist
 
These novellas have a mood. They cast a spell. -Dwight Garner, New York Times
 
In this essential trilogy of novellas by the winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature, French author Patrick Modiano reaches back in time, opening the corridors of memory and exploring the mysteries to be encountered there. Each novella in the volume--Afterimage, Suspended Sentences, and Flowers of Ruin-represents a sterling example of the author's originality and appeal, while Mark Polizzotti's superb English-language translations capture not only Modiano's distinctive narrative voice but also the matchless grace and spare beauty of his prose.
 
Although originally published separately, Modiano's three novellas form a single, compelling whole, haunted by the same gauzy sense of place and characters. Modiano draws on his own experiences, blended with the real or invented stories of others, to present a dreamlike autobiography that is also the biography of a place. Orphaned children, mysterious parents, forgotten friends, enigmatic strangers-each appears in this three-part love song to a Paris that no longer exists.
 
Shadowed by the dark period of the Nazi Occupation, these novellas reveal Modiano's fascination with the lost, obscure, or mysterious: a young person's confusion over adult behavior; the repercussions of a chance encounter; the search for a missing father; the aftershock of a fatal affair. To read Modiano's trilogy is to enter his world of uncertainties and the almost accidental way in which people find their fates.
Patrick Modiano is a best-selling novelist and the winner of some of the most prestigious literary awards in France, including the Prix Goncourt and the Prix mondial Cino Del Duca for lifetime achievement. In 2014 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation. Mark Polizzotti has translated more than forty books from the French and is director of the publications program at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Details & Specs

Series: A Margellos World Republic of Letters Book


Author: Patrick Modiano Mark Polizzotti Patrick Modiano


Publisher: Yale University Press


Format: Paperback


ISBN: 9780300198058


Publication Date: 23rd April, 2015


Pages: 213


Dimensions: 197 x 127 x 14 mm


Availability: Available, usually dispatched within 3 days


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