The Night Watch: Book by Patrick Modiano

The Night Watch

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ISBN: 9781408867914    Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Year of publishing: 2015     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 8.99        Language: English
When Patrick Modiano was awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize for LIterature he was praised for using the 'art of memory' to bring to life the Occupation of Paris during the Second World War. The Night Watch is his second...Read more
When Patrick Modiano was awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize for LIterature he was praised for using the 'art of memory' to bring to life the Occupation of Paris during the Second World War. The Night Watch is his second novel and tells the story of a young man of limited means, caught between his work for the French Gestapo informing on the Resistance, and his work for a Resistance cell informing on the police and the black market dealers whose seedy milieu of nightclubs, prostitutes and spivs he shares. Under pressure from both sides to inform and bring things to a crisis, he finds himself driven towards an act of self-sacrifice as the only way to escape an impossible situation and the question that haunts him - how to be a traitor without being a traitor. In this astonishing, cruel and tender book, Modiano attempts to exorcise the past by leading his characters out on a fantasmagoric patrol during one fatal night of the Occupation.
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About the author: Patrick Modiano
Patrick Modiano was born in Boulogne-Billancourt in the western suburbs of Paris in 1945. His childhood was spent in various boarding schools. His parents... Read more
Patrick Modiano was born in Boulogne-Billancourt in the western suburbs of Paris in 1945. His childhood was spent in various boarding schools. His parents were often absent, and from an early age he was left to his own devices. After passing his baccalaur at, he left full-time education and dedicated himself to writing,encouraged by the French writer Raymond Queneau. From his very first book to his most recent, he has pursued a quest for identity and some kind of reconciliation with the past. His screen plays include Lacombe Lucien (dir. Louis Malle, 1974) and among his many prizes are the Grand Prix du roman de l'Acad mie fran aise (1972), the Prix Gouncourt (1978) and the Austrian State Prize for European Literature (2012). He lives in Paris.
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Review:
Modiano's deceptive simplicity, where straightforward sentences conceal deeper and complex meanings, is also utterly spellbinding, and in this novella about an initially amoral double agent who...Read more
Modiano's deceptive simplicity, where straightforward sentences conceal deeper and complex meanings, is also utterly spellbinding, and in this novella about an initially amoral double agent who works for both the Resistance and the Gestapo in Nazi-occupied Paris purely for his own benefit, he spins a particularly sticky and discomforting web Glasgow Sunday Herald A Marcel Proust of our time Peter Englund, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy Modiano is a pure original Adam Thirlwell Modiano is the poet of the Occupation and a spokesman for the disappeared, and I am thrilled that the Swedish Academy has recognised him Rupert Thomson, Guardian From the satirical portrayal of anti-Semitism in his debut novel [La Place de l'Etoile] to later books such as The Search Warrant and Missing Person (winner of the 1978 Prix Goncourt), the Occupation shapes much of Modiano's work Boyd Tonkin, Independent
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