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.
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—all appear in this three-part love song to a Paris that no longer
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. Download and start listening now!