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A writer’s notebook becomes the key that unlocks memories of a love formed and lost in 1960s Paris.

In the aftermath of Algeria’s war of independence, Paris was a city rife with suspicion and barely suppressed violence. Amid this tension, Jean, a young writer adrift, met and fell for Dannie, an enigmatic woman fleeing a troubled past. Half a century later, with his old black notebook as a guide, Jean retraces this fateful period in his life, recounting how, through Dannie, he became mixed up with a group of unsavory characters connected by a shadowy crime. Soon Jean too was a person of interest to the detective pursuing their case—a detective who would prove instrumental in revealing Dannie’s darkest secret.

The Black Notebook bears all the hallmarks of this Nobel Prize–winning literary master’s unsettling and intensely atmospheric style, rendered in English by acclaimed translator Mark Polizzotti. Once again, Modiano invites us into his unique world, a Paris infused with melancholy, uncertain danger, and the fading echoes of lost love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “1960s Paris, a mysterious girl, a group of shady characters, danger…Modiano’s folklore is set out from the beginning…and sheer magic follows once more.”


  • “There is a bit of noir in the new Modiano. Ex-convicts, missing bullets, a detective with a long memory…[But] in fact, Modiano has never before written a text as poetic as this apparent detective novel…with a rhythm at once carefully wrought and superbly fluid.”

    Le Monde (Paris)

  • “Pure Modiano…As is often the case, it’s the strange atmosphere between the lines that makes the magic of the text. A magic that works right from the first sentence.”

    Le Figaro (Paris)

  • “Sublime…In these beautiful pages, what tears you up inside is when you sense, here and there, an alternate means of defying time…[A] magnificent novel that reawakens days long past, illuminating them with a dazzling light.”

    Elle (France)

  • “In his latest, published in France in 2012, Nobel Prize winner Modiano does what he does best: in settings that seem to rise from the mists of the Seine, he explores the limits of memory and the slipperiness of both past and present…Classic Modiano sure to engage sophisticated readers, yet the noir sensibility and hint of crime could attract a larger audience.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Modiano won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2014, and Polizzotti, who translated Modiano’s fiction collection, Suspended Sentences, and memoir, Pedigree, has done more superb work. Each sentence is limpid yet the reading experience disorients.”


  • “French Nobel Prize winner Modiano explores the criminal demimonde in a short but potent novel that’s as elegant as Claude Rains and as sinister as Peter Lorre…An atmospheric, smoky, sepia-toned whodunit.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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