Identity Theory
Excerpts from Nobel Prize Winner Patrick Modiano

davidgodine:

French Author Patrick Modiano was awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature today. We’ve been publishing him in English since 1993! Here are a few excerpts from his books.

From: Honeymoon (tr. Barbara Wright)

Synopsis: Jean B., the narrator of Patrick Modiano’s Honeymoon, is submerged in a world where day and night, past and present, have no demarcations. Having spent his adult life making documentary films about lost explorers, Jean suddenly decides to abandon his wife and career, and takes what seems to be a journey to nowhere. He pretends to fly to Rio to make another film, but instead returns to his own Parisian suburb to spend his solitary days recounting or imagining the lives of Ingrid and Rigaud, a refugee couple he had met twenty years before, and in whom he had recognized a spiritual anomie that seemed to reflect and justify his own. Little by little, their story takes on more reality than Jean’s daily existence, as his excavation of the past slowly becomes an all-encompassing obsession.

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theparisreview:

Haruki Murakami at his jazz club, Peter Cat, in 1978.

theparisreview:

Haruki Murakami at his jazz club, Peter Cat, in 1978.

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Custerism (A Manifesto of Doubt) by Rachel Wilkinson

“I’m not exactly who you think I am. I mean, well, I guess the best way to put it is: I’m your girlfriend from eight months in the future.”

“You’re what?”

“I’m from the future. There was this time fluke that sent me back to the beginning of our relationship. Where I come from, we had a really good thing going. I mean, we were really in love…”

Read more of “My Girlfriend from the Future,” a short story by Ryan Rickrode

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theparisreview:

RIP our co-founder and longtime friend Peter Matthiessen. We are honored to have known him and will miss him dearly. 
Read his Art of Fiction interview.
Read his story “A Replacement.”
Listen to Matthiessen on the art of travel writing.
Pictured: Matthiessen with Paris Review co-founders William Styron, Tom Guinzburg, and George Plimpton.

theparisreview:

RIP our co-founder and longtime friend Peter Matthiessen. We are honored to have known him and will miss him dearly. 

Read his Art of Fiction interview.

Read his story “A Replacement.”

Listen to Matthiessen on the art of travel writing.

Pictured: Matthiessen with Paris Review co-founders William Styron, Tom Guinzburg, and George Plimpton.

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