Title: Missing Person [First UK Printing] ~ Nobel ...
Publisher: London, UK: Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publication Date: 1980
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition
First British Edition, FIRST PRINTING; hardcover with dust jacket; in NEAR-FINE/VG condition (no marks, not book-club ed, etc; very slight shelf wear; dust jacket is price-clipped, shows small rubbing to a couple corners); a clean, tight, very presentable copy; ships in a box. Bookseller Inventory # 218
Synopsis: Winner of the Prix Goncourt
In this strange, elegant novel, winner of France's premier literary prize, Patrick Modiano portrays a man in pursuit of the identity he lost in the murky days of the Paris Occupation, the black hole of French memory.
For ten years Guy Roland has lived without a past. His current life and name were given to him by his recently retired boss, Hutte, who welcomed him, a onetime client, into his detective agency. Guy makes full use of Hutte's files - directories, yearbooks, and papers of all kinds going back half a century - but his leads are few. Could he really be the person in that photograph, a young man remembered by some as a South American attachÃ©? Or was he someone else, perhaps the disappeared scion of a prominent local family? He interviews strangers and is tantalized by half-clues until, at last, he grasps a thread that leads him through the maze of his own repressed experience.
On one level Missing Person is a detective thriller, a 1950s film noir mix of smoky cafÃ©s, illegal passports, and insubstantial figures crossing bridges in the fog. On another level, it is also a haunting meditation on the nature of the self. Modiano's sparce, hypnotic prose, superbly translated by Daniel Weissbort, draws his readers into the intoxication of a rare literary experience. (Verba Mundi)
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