Villa Triste (Paperback)

By Patrick Modiano, John Cullen (Translator)

Other Press (NY), 9781590517673, 176pp.

Publication Date: May 31, 2016

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Description

This novel by Nobel Prize-winning author Patrick Modiano is one of the most seductive and accessible in his oeuvre: the story of a man's memories of fleeing responsibility, finding love, and searching for meaning in an uncertain world

The narrator of Villa Triste, an anxious, roving, stateless young man of eighteen, arrives in a small French lakeside town near Switzerland in the early 1960s. He is fleeing the atmosphere of menace he feels around him and the fear that grips him. Fear of war? Of imminent catastrophe? Of others? Whatever it may be, the proximity of Switzerland, to which he plans to run at the first sign of danger, gives him temporary reassurance.
The young man hides among the other summer visitors until he meets a beautiful young actress named Yvonne Jacquet, and a strange doctor, Rene Meinthe. These two invite him into their world of soirees and late-night debauchery. But when real life beckons once again, he finds no sympathy from his new companions.
Modiano has written a haunting novel that captures lost youth, the search for identity, and ultimately, the fleetingness of time.




About the Author

Patrick Modiano is a French novelist and recipient of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature. He previously won the 2012 Austrian State Prize for European Literature, the 2010 Prix mondial Cino Del Duca from the Institut de France for lifetime achievement, the 1978 Prix Goncourt for Rue des boutiques obscures, and the 1972 Grand Prix du roman de l'Academie francaise for Les Boulevards de ceinture. His works have been translated into more than forty languages. John Cullen is the translator of many books from French, Spanish, German, and Italian, including Yasmina Khadra's Middle East Trilogy (The Swallows of Kabul, The Attack, and The Sirens of Baghdad), Kamel Daoud's The Meursault Investigation, Yasmina Reza's Happy Are the Happy, and Chantal Thomas's The Exchange of Princesses. He lives in upstate New York.
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