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In the Café of Lost Youth
Patrick Modiano
Euan Cameron
Classification : General & Literary Fiction
Pub Date : Jan 07, 2016
Imprint : Maclehose Press
Page Extent : 160
Binding : HB
ISBN : 9780857055262
Price : 1,050

About the book

Four narrators, a student from a caf?, a private detective hired by an aggrieved husband, the heroine herself and one of her lovers, construct a portrait of Jacqueline Delanque, otherwise known as Louki.

The daughter of a single mother who works in the Moulin Rouge, Louki grows up in poverty in Montmartre. Her one attempt to escape her background fails when she is rejected from the Lyc?e Jules-Ferry. She meanders on through life, into a cocaine habit, and begins frequenting the Caf? Cond?, whose regulars call her "Louki". She drifts into marriage with a real estate agency director, but finds no satisfaction with him or his friends and so makes the simple decision not to return to him one evening. She turns instead to a young man almost as aimless and adrift as she, but who perhaps loves her all the same.

Ever-present through this story is the city of Paris, almost another character in her own right. This is the Paris of 'no-man's-lands', of lonely journeys on the last metro, or nocturnal walks along empty boulevards; of caf?s where the lost youth wander in, searching for meaning, and the older generation sift through their memories of their own long-gone adolescence.

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As beautiful as a tragic song...
Some novels, the more precious and necessary, render their readers more vulnerable, disarmed and fragile. And such is the case with this deeply moving portrait of a woman so familiar, and yet so lost, drawn by Modiano at the exact border between shadow and light.
Those familiar with Modiano will recognise his themes, his settings, his characters. Yet there is never any repetition, or sense of d?j? vu. Rather the sentiment that nothing is mere chance.
     
Patrick Modiano
Patrick Modiano was born in Paris, France in 1945. He was the recipient of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature. He previously won the 2012 Austrian State Prize for European Literature, the 2010 Prix mo...(+)
Euan Cameron
Simone de Beauvoir was a writer and philosopher. She is most famous for her landmark feminist text, The Second Sex, while her novel, The Mandarins, won France's highest literary honour: The Prix Gonc...(+)