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IN THE CAFE OF LOST YOUTH

Type : Novel (160 pages)

Author : Patrick Modiano

Genre : Fiction

Date : 2007

Country of origin : France

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ANNA

School : Sorbonne University

Age : 23 years old

Area of study : Law

City of study : Paris

An intimate investigation in Paris, Modiano is one of my favorite writers and almost all his novels take place in Paris and are very descriptive. Very melancholic and very funny at the same time.

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In the Café of Lost Youth is vintage Patrick Modiano, an absorbing evocation of a particular Paris of the 1950s, shadowy and shady, a secret world of writers, criminals, drinkers, and drifters. The novel, inspired in part by the circle (depicted in the photographs of Ed van der Elsken) of the notorious and charismatic Guy Debord, centers on the enigmatic, waiflike figure of Louki, who catches everyone’s attention even as she eludes possession or comprehension. Through the eyes of four very different narrators, including Louki herself, we contemplate her character and her fate, while Modiano explores the themes of identity, memory, time, and forgetting that are at the heart of his spellbinding and deeply moving art.

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