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- DescriptionA trio of intertwined vellas from the 2014 Nobel laureate for literature In this essential trilogy of vellas by the winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature, French author Patrick Modia reaches back in time, opening the corridors of memory and exploring the mysteries to be encountered there. Each vella 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 t only Modia's distinctive narrative voice but also the matchless grace and spare beauty of his prose. Although originally published separately, Modia's three vellas form a single, compelling whole, haunted by the same gauzy sense of place and characters. Modia 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 longer exists. Shadowed by the dark period of the Nazi Occupation, these vellas reveal Modia'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 Modia's trilogy is to enter his world of uncertainties and the almost accidental way in which people find their fates.
- Author BiographyPatrick 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.
- Author(s)Patrick Modiano
- PublisherYale University Press
- Date of Publication04/11/2014
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Series TitleThe Margellos World Republic of Letters
- Place of PublicationNew Haven
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintYale University Press
- Weight236 g
- Width127 mm
- Height197 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Translated byMark Polizzotti
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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