The Black Notebook

Category: Book
By (author): Modiano, Patrick
Translated By: Polizzotti, Mark
Subject:  FICTION / Crime
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General
  FICTION / Noir
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: September 2016
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in
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From The Publisher*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. A half century later, with his old black notebook as a guide, he 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 ofinterest 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 ( Suspended Sentences ). Once again, Modiano invites us into his unique world, a Paris infused with melancholy, uncertain danger, and the fading echoes of lost love.
From The Publisher*A novel set in 1960s Paris, where, in classic Modiano style, a student is drawn into contact with a criminal cell by his love for an enigmatic young woman whose dark past is only revealed decades later
Biographical NotePATRICK MODIANO was born in 1945 in a suburb of Paris and grew up in various locations throughout France. In 1967, he published his first novel, La Place de l'etoile, to great acclaim. Since then, he has published over twenty novels-including the Goncourt Prize−winning Rue des boutiques obscures (translated as Missing Person ), Dora Bruder, and Les Boulevards des ceintures (translated as Ring Roads )-as well as the memoir Un Pedigree and a children's book, Catherine Certitude. He collaborated with Louis Malle on the screenplay for the film Lacombe Lucien . In 2014, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. The Swedish Academy cited the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the Occupation," calling him "a Marcel Proust of our time." MARK POLIZZOTTI has translated more than forty books from the French, including Patrick Modiano's Suspended Sentences , and is director of the publications program at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. "