Family Record

byPatrick ModianoTranslated byMark Polizzotti

Paperback | September 24, 2019

Family Record by Patrick Modiano
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An enthralling reflection on the ways that family history influences identity, from the 2014 Nobel laureate for literature

A mix of autobiography and lucid invention, this highly personal work offers a deeply affecting exploration of the meaning of identity and pedigree. With his signature blend of candor, mystery, and bewitching elusiveness, Patrick Modiano weaves together a series of interlocking stories from his family history: his parents’ courtship in occupied Paris; a sinister hunting trip with his father; a chance friendship with the deposed King Farouk; a wistful affair with the daughter of a nightclub singer; and the author’s life as a new parent.

Modiano’s riveting vignettes, filled with a coterie of dubious characters—Nazi informants, collaborationist refugees, and black-market hustlers—capture the drama that consumed Paris during World War II and its aftermath. Written in tones ranging from tender nostalgia to the blunt cruelty of youth, this is a personal and revealing book that brings the enduring significance of a complicated past to life.
Title:Family RecordFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:160 pages, 7.75 X 5 X 0.47 inShipping dimensions:160 pages, 7.75 X 5 X 0.47 inPublished:September 24, 2019Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0300238312

ISBN - 13:9780300238310

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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