Magazine article World Literature Today

Paris Nocturne

Magazine article World Literature Today

Paris Nocturne

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Patrick Modiano. Paris Nocturne. Trans. Phoebe Weston-Evans. New Haven, Connecticut. Yale University Press. 2015. 148 pages.

Thirty years after it happened, the protagonist of this haunting novel recounts how, one winter night, when he was not quite twenty-one, he was hit by a car in Paris.

The driver, a young woman named Jacqueline Beausergent, looks like someone he knew when he was involved in a similar accident years earlier. Accompanied by a vaguely threatening and shady man who knows her, they are both taken to the hospital. When the protagonist wakes up, the woman has disappeared. The man makes him sign a report of the accident, gives him an envelope full of money, and disappears too, just like the protagonist's father did and just like his mother, who was not there when he was run over as a child. The protagonist feels compelled to track down Jacqueline and her associate. A strong sense of déjà vu leads him to revisit a past he wanted to leave behind. …

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