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In the stillness of his Paris apartment, Jean Daragane has built a life of total solitude. Then a surprising phone call shatters the silence of an unusually hot September, and the threatening voice on the other end of the line leaves Daragane wary, but irresistibly curious. Almost at once, he finds himself entangled with a shady gambler and a beautiful, fragile young woman, who draw Daragane into the mystery of a decades-old murder. The investigation will force him to confront the memory of a trauma he had all but buried.
With So You Don't Get Lost in the Neighborhood, Patrick Modiano adds a new chapter to a body of work whose supreme psychological insight and subtle, atmospheric writing have earned him worldwide renown - including the Nobel Prize in literature. This masterly novel, now translated into 20 languages, penetrates the deepest enigmas of identity and compels us to ask whether we ever know who we truly are.
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By Phedippides on 12-25-16
For Serious Literature Aficionados Only
If you prefer reading serious authors, Modiano is a worthy choice. My guess is this book is not his best. You should be familiar with existential writers like Camus, post-modern like Pynchon and DeLillo; Classics like Proust, Mann, Joyce - to enjoy Modiano.
This is a humorless tale like Oryx and Crake, the Plague, Death in Venice. Set in Paris and surrounding villages a man without family, friends, or a personal life keeps his few memories locked in a virtual and real closet. The telling of the tale is either by happenstance, coincidence, or design - perhaps the readers choice to discern. C'est la vie!
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