Patrick Modiano: Young Once & In the Café of Lost Youth

Terry Pitts of the excellent blog Vertigo weighs in on two novels by the French Nobel Prize laureate

Originally written in 1981 under the title Une Jeunesse, Young Once has just been translated into English by Damion Searls for the New York Review Books. It’s a brilliant and devastating piece of writing.

Written twenty-six years later, in 2007, In the Café of Lost Youth centers around Louki and Roland, a pair of lost twenty year-olds who hang out with a group of people in the Paris of the 1950s, a group that is partly based on the circle that surrounded the French writer and thinker Guy Debord. [Read More]

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