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Paris nocturne / Patrick Modiano ; translated from the French by Phoebe Weston-Evans.

By: Modiano, Patrick, 1945- [author.].
Contributor(s): Weston-Evans, Phoebe [translator.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Melbourne : Scoresby : Text Publishing Company ; Penguin Books Australia [Distributor] Description: 148 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781925240108.Subject(s): Psychological fiction, French | Memory -- Fiction | Traffic accidents -- FictionDDC classification: 843.914 Summary: In the opening scene of Paris Nocturne, the nameless narrator is hit by a car near Place des Pyramides. He and the woman driving the car are taken in a police van to the hospital. He's sure he has met her somewhere. He is given ether, wakes up in a different hospital, and the woman, Jacqueline Beausergent, has vanished. A mysterious figure presents him with an account of the accident and hands him an envelope stuffed with bank notes. Does Jacqueline Beausergent have the answers to the narrator's questions about the past, about his father?
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Late at night, long ago, when I was about to turn twenty-one, I was crossing the Place des Pyramides on my way to the Concorde when a car appeared suddenly out of the darkness. At first I thought it had just brushed me, then I felt a sharp pain from my ankle to my knee... In the opening scene of Paris Nocturne , the nameless narrator is hit by a car near Place des Pyramides. He and the woman driving the car are taken in a police van to the hospital. He's sure he has met her somewhere. He is given ether, wakes up in a different hospital, and the woman, Jacqueline Beausergent, has vanished. A mysterious figure presents him with an account of the accident and hands him an envelope stuffed with bank notes. Does Jacqueline Beausergent have the answers to the narrator's questions about the past, about his father? He will comb the city's cafes and stations to find her. Paris Nocturne is like a mystery novel in which we are searching for the crime itself, as Modiano relentlessly explores the elusive nature of memory. 'Paris Nocturne is a discreet book, a perfect book,' Libération 'Paris Nocturne is cloaked in darkness, but it is a novel that is turned towards the light.' L'Express

Originally published in French: [Paris, France] : Editions Gallimard, 2003.

In the opening scene of Paris Nocturne, the nameless narrator is hit by a car near Place des Pyramides. He and the woman driving the car are taken in a police van to the hospital. He's sure he has met her somewhere. He is given ether, wakes up in a different hospital, and the woman, Jacqueline Beausergent, has vanished. A mysterious figure presents him with an account of the accident and hands him an envelope stuffed with bank notes. Does Jacqueline Beausergent have the answers to the narrator's questions about the past, about his father?

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A young man crossing Paris's Place des Pyramides late at night is sideswiped by a car whose driver, a woman in a fur coat, stumbles out injured when the car slams into one of the square's surrounding arcades. Both are taken to the hospital in a police van, where the young man notes others arriving in handcuffs before he's put under ether. Waking up muddled in a different hospital, he finds the woman gone and meets a large, surly man he remembers from the scene of the accident, who gives him a wad of cash and a typed report absolving the woman of wrongdoing. Is the man being overly solicitous of the woman or covering up a crime? Who is she, anyway, and what happened to her? This being Modiano, there are no simple solutions ("I think there's something you're hiding from me" is one of the last lines of the book). But this being Modiano, we get a chilling portrait of everyday obsession as our hero looks for the woman and a sober and satisfying reminder of life's slipperiness in the split-screen interpretation of events. VERDICT Edgy and distilled, this 2003 novel advances -Modiano's sense of ambiguity yet remains intriguing and readable.-BH © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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