The Paris of Modiano: layering, sedimentation and landslides

Clara levy

Resum

The literary work of Patrick Modiano appears to be inseparable from the city of Paris, and especially from the Paris of the German occupation: the writer, his readers, his critics, and even the Swedish Academy which awarded him the Nobel Prize in 2014, unanimously agree on this point. Space and time are intimately intertwined by Patrick Modiano, and his texts often connect Paris with the historical period of the Occupation, although the city is traversed and also described in a literal way on other occasions. The author’s stylistic methods, consisting of interconnecting space and time and which blurs chronological boundaries create a nebulous, ambiguous, and indecisive image of the city, in which, as in Dora Bruder, several layers of time are superimposed.

Paraules clau

Patrick Modiano, Paris, memory, Ocupation, Dora Bruder.

Text complet:

215-223 (English)

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