26 diciembre 2008

Books I Liked

Por "la famosa escritora norteamericana"

MISSING PERSON (Verba Mundi). Patrick Modiano
168 pgs. Ed. David R. Godine (2004)


"That Patrick Modiano is an important writer I have no doubt. He was the first important French novelist to investigate the memory of Vichy and the recovery of life in a post War France. Here he uses a stock device of a person with amnesia intent on discovering who they were in fact. This short novel holds out some tempting tidbits (the presence of the Dominican playboy Porfirio Rubirosa, for one) but very little was made of them.
The narrative is loaded with geographical references which suggested something of significance I s
uspect, but nothing in the text supported them very well. I do not think the problems are on the translator's shoulders, but some notation might have helped. Oh, well. You win some, you lose some. Tant pis."

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