Out of the Dark by Patrick Modiano
(European Women Writers)

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Patrick Modiano, the author of more than twenty books, is one of France’s most admired contemporary novelists. Out of the Dark is a moody, expertly rendered tale of a love affair between two drifters.

The narrator, writing in 1995, looks back thirty years to a time when, having abandoned his studies and selling off old art books to get by, he comes to know Gérard Van Bever and Jacqueline, a young, enigmatic couple who seem to live off roulette winnings. He falls in love with Jacqueline; they run off to England together, where they share a few sad, aimless months, until one day she disappears. Fifteen years later, in Paris, they meet again, a reunion that only recalls the haunting inaccessibility of the past: they spend a few hours together, and the next day, Jacqueline, now married, disappears once again. Almost fifteen years after that, he sees her yet again, this time from a distance he chooses not to bridge. A profoundly affecting novel, Out of the Dark is poignant, strange, delicate, melancholy, and sadly hilarious.


About Patrick Modiano

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Jordan Stump is an assistant professor of French at the University of Nebraska. He is¯the translator of four novels by Marie Redonnet and also of Eric Chevillard?s The Crab Nebula (all available from the University of Nebraska Press).
Published October 1, 1998 by University of Nebraska Press. 139 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A whiff of Jeanne Moreau's corrupted glamour in Truffaut's Jules and Jim hangs over this affecting story of loss, whose resonance is deepened by its narrator's acknowledgment that all he has ever written, or will ever write, is necessarily colored by this crucial formative experience.

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the student, now the writer, looks back at himself and Jacqueline and concludes: ""We had no real qualities, except the one that youth gives to everyone for a very brief time, like a vague promise that will never be kept."" This is a tale of life lived within a dream, and there is a motionless qu...

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