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Twenty-seven years after its original French publication won the Prix Goncourt, this elliptical, engrossing rumination on the essence of identity and the search for self finally enjoys its first U.S. edition (which uses Weissbort's smooth 1980 English translation). Set in postwar Paris, it follows an amnesiac now known as Guy Roland, employed for the past decade by a kindly private investigator. When the PI retires, Roland sets out to lift the veil on his past. As he ably conducts this most personal of investigations, Roland begins to suspect that he may have employed multiple identities, leading a mysteriously compartmentalized existence. He may even have been fleeing the German occupation when his memory was wiped away. Roland's explorations bring home his mentor's observation that we all live in a world where "the sand keeps the traces of our footsteps only a few moments." Even as it opens the door to new mysteries, the enigmatic ending underscores the human drive to preserve those footsteps for as long as we draw breath. Frank Sennett
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Delicate and cunning . . . Modiano's method is to sidle up to subjects of mystery and horror, indicating them without broaching them, as if gingerly fingering the outside of a poison bottle. . . He opens dark doors into the past out of a sunlit present. --John Sturrock, Times Literary Supplement
'The best place to fling oneself into Mr. Modiano's oeuvre.' --New York Times
I came to "Missing Person" (in French, "Rue des boutiques obscures") after having cut my teeth, so to speak, on Patrick Modiano's three novellas published jointly... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Merrily Baird
Digging into lost memories ... Folowing Ariadne's thread to help himself through that gap ... The dissolution of time ... The meaninglessness of attachments ....Published 2 months ago by Hindol Datta
one of the worst boring books i have ever read. I was waitng to get better but not to the very end a terrible book . i lost my time.Published 4 months ago by Robert D. Hart
(Spoiler alert). A man with amnesia embarks on a long and confusing search for his identity that ultimately leads nowhere. Very disappointing. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michial Lewis
For someone who has never experienced the dislocation and loss of self that war brings, this I think gives one a small sense of what it must be like to feel as if you have... Read morePublished 4 months ago by L. Roach
Am not sue how to evaluate, save to say I enjoyed to feeling of half discovery, of mysterious place of fog, both of the protagonists memory and reality. An interesting read.Published 4 months ago by SG-SAN FRANCISCO