Suspended Sentences: Three Novellas

Suspended Sentences Three Novellas Although originally published separately Patrick Modiano s three novellas form a single compelling whole haunted by the same gauzy sense of place and characters Modiano draws on his own experiences

  • Title: Suspended Sentences: Three Novellas
  • Author: Patrick Modiano Mark Polizzotti
  • ISBN: 9780300198058
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Paperback
  • Although originally published separately, Patrick Modiano s three novellas form a single, compelling whole, haunted by the same gauzy sense of place and characters Modiano draws on his own experiences, blended with the real or invented stories of others, to present a dreamlike autobiography that is also the biography of a place Orphaned children, mysterious parents, forgAlthough originally published separately, Patrick Modiano s three novellas form a single, compelling whole, haunted by the same gauzy sense of place and characters Modiano draws on his own experiences, blended with the real or invented stories of others, to present a dreamlike autobiography that is also the biography of a place Orphaned children, mysterious parents, forgotten friends, enigmatic strangers each appears in this three part love song to a Paris that no longer exists In this superb English language translation of Afterimage, Suspended Sentences, and Flowers of Ruin, Mark Polizzotti captures not only Modiano s distinctive narrative voice but also the matchless grace and spare beauty of his prose Shadowed by the dark period of the Nazi Occupation, these novellas reveal Modiano s fascination with the lost, obscure, or mysterious a young person s confusion over adult behavior the repercussions of a chance encounter the search for a missing father the aftershock of a fatal affair To read Modiano s trilogy is to enter his world of uncertainties and the almost accidental way in which people find their fates.

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    1. Patrick Modiano Mark Polizzotti

      Patrick Modiano is a French language novelist and winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature.He is a winner of the Grand prix du roman de l Acad mie fran aise in 1972, the Prix Goncourt in 1978 for his novel Rue des boutiques obscures and of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2014.Modiano s parents met in occupied Paris during World War II and began their relationship in semi clandestinity Modiano s childhood took place in a unique atmosphere between the absence of his father of which he heard many troubled stories and his mother s frequent tours, he had to complete his secondary education by government aid This brought him closer to his brother, Rudy, who died of a disease at age 10 the works of Patrick Modiano from 1967 to 1982 are dedicated to him This disappearance announced the end of the author s childhood, who continued to hold a marked nostalgia for this period.Modiano studied at the cole du Montcel primary school in Jouy en Josas, at the Coll ge Saint Joseph de Th nes in Haute Savoie, and then at the Lyc e Henri IV high school in Paris While he was at Henri IV, he took geometry lessons from writer Raymond Queneau, who was a friend of Modiano s mother He received his baccalaureate at Annecy but didn t proceed with his higher education.His meeting with Queneau, the author of Zazie dans le m tro, is crucial Modiano was introduced to the literary world by Queneau, and this gave him the opportunity to attend a cocktail party given by publishing house ditions Gallimard He published his first novel, La Place de l toile, with them in 1968, after having read the manuscript to Raymond Queneau Starting that year, he did nothing but write.On September 12, 1970, Modiano married Dominique Zerhfuss I have a catastrophic souvenir of the day of our marriage It rained A real nightmare Our groomsmen were Queneau, who had mentored Patrick since his adolescence, and Malraux, a friend of my father They started to argue about Dubuffet, and it was like we were watching a tennis match That said, it would have been funny to have some photos, but the only person who had a camera forgot to bring the film There is only one photo remaining of us, from behind and under an umbrella Interview with Elle, 6 October 2003 From their marriage came two girls, Zina 1974 and Marie 1978.Modiano has mentioned on Oct 9, 2014, during an interview with La Grande Librairie, that one of the books which had a great impact on his writing life was Le c ur est un chasseur solitaire The Heart is a Lonely Hunter , the first novel published by Carson McCullers in 1940 Arabic

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    1. FINAL REVIEWPatrick Modiano, age 24, Paris, 1969 - From Flowers of Ruin: "Back then, the gates of Paris where all in vanishing perspectives, the city gradually loosened its grip and faded into barren lots. And one could still believe that adventure lay right around every street corner."Patrick Modiano’s prose is all about atmosphere, subtle moods, elusiveness of memory and poetry of feelings. In keeping with the author’s aesthetic of alighting upon specific remembrances as if returning again [...]


    2. Patrick Modiano's Novellas of Memory and Things PastNote: My thanks to Yale University Press which made this translation of Modiano's Suspended Sentences: Three Novellas available through Netgalley. This publication, ISBN 9780300198058, became available for purchase on November 11, 2014 and is available for a purchase price of $16.00. The edition is published in paperback. Translation is by Mark Polizotti.“Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.” [...]


    3. Modiano's writing is, for me magical, haunting, obsessed. He is obsessed with the notion that life is ephemeral, and thus exists almost entirely as memory, while that memory is fadingfleeing like a mist into the void of a distant darkness, as we hurtle away from it into a very different (or not so different) darkness of our own He writes with sense of poignancy He is also obsessed with Paris with the city, its streets, its neighborhoods, that are themselves being torn awy from him by its moderni [...]


    4. At that moment a phenomenon occurred for which I'm still trying to find an explanation. Little by little, that man melted into the wall. Or else the rain falling on him so heavily, had dissolved him.He had vanished in that sudden way that I'd later notice in other peoplewhich leaves you so puzzledyou have no choice but to look for proofs and clues to convince yourself these people had really existed.This quote, which comes at the end of the third and last novella in Suspended Sentences, seems to [...]


    5. 3.5I was prompted to read Modiano because of reviews from GR friends in which some of the most interesting comments arose from different translations of the title Rue des Boutiques Obscures. Its English title is Missing Person, which could be the title of this collection as well. The translator of this book notes that Modiano's style is "straightforward and clear", but the titles of its three novellas are another matter; he then explains why he made the choices he did.In Afterimage (Chien de pri [...]


    6. Originally titled Remise de peine / Chien de printemps / Fleurs de ruine, (the English titles are Afterimage, Suspended Sentences, and Flowers of Ruin), Suspended Sentences is a trilogy of novels that Modiano has suggested is a kind of fictional autobiography, three slices of which, written at different times, not a coherent narrative across novellas. In them he reveals, among other things, his early relationships to his younger brother, whom he lost at an early age, and his father, who remained [...]


    7. Suspended Sentences: Three Novellas by Patrick Modiano and translated by Mark Polizzotti is a collection three stories involving Paris. Patrick Modiano is the recipient of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature. Polizzotti is a writer, translator, and directs the publications program for University of Fine Arts, Boston. The novellas were originally published separately and combined for this edition. Several things come to mind in these stories. First the novellas work very well combined in a single [...]


    8. I put Suspended Sentences: Three Novellas by the winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, Patrick Modiano on a challenge list for myself and I'm very glad I did. It's a book that I probably would have given up on quickly, much to my loss.Suspended Sentences: Three Novellas was the only work I could find of Modiano that has been translated into English. I'm sure since winning the Prize, more of his work will be translated. I don't know anything about his other books but this one was wonderful.Th [...]


    9. I had not heard of Patrick Modiano until he recently won the Nobel Prize for Literature, so I was naturally curious and jumped at the chance to read an advance copy of this book before the publication of it’s translation in November. The book consists of three novellas, “Afterimage,” “Suspended Sentences”, and “Flowers of Ruin”.I don’t read French, but I was taken by the language in the first and second pieces, so I guess that’s a tribute to the translator, Mark Polizzotti. A s [...]


    10. Read Afterimage🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Read title novella Suspended Sentences 🌟🌟🌟🌟Read Flowers of Ruin🌟🌟🌟



    11. When I heard that French author Patrick Modiano was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 2014, I was embarrassed never to have heard of him before, especially since I teach world literature, minored in French in college, and lived in France for a short time. When I asked my other francophile friends about him, none of them had ever heard of him either. So, of course, I ran to the public library to satisfy my curiosity about this mystery author only to realize after reading "Suspended Senten [...]


    12. La critica più frequente che viene mossa in Francia a P. Modiano è quella di scrivere sempre lo stesso romanzo. Seppure non sia una considerazione originale (è un appunto mosso a molti, e per altri un indispensabile cardine compositivo), probabilmente risponde anche a verità. Lo scrittore è emerso all'attenzione dei lettori transalpini verso la fine degli anni Sessanta, introdotto alla grande editoria dalla sua amicizia con R. Queneau. In un momento storico come quello delle contestazioni s [...]


    13. Afterimage (Chien de printemps) - 3 starsSuspended Sentences (Remise de peine) - 5 starsFlowers of Ruin (Fleurs de ruine) - 3 starsRating the novellas independently seems appropriate given they were originally published separately. Having this translation combine the three makes perfect sense though given their themes and sensibilities and has also been endorsed by the author himself. In the introduction the translator compares Modiano's writing with “the atmosphere of Marcel Carne’s fog-dre [...]


    14. Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley It’s sad but I hadn’t heard of Patrick Modiano until he won the Nobel. Honestly, my first reaction was “who is that”. Yeah, American press doesn’t do too well when it comes to books that require translation. In terms of style, at least in these three novellas, a reader can see why Modiano won the Nobel Prize. There is a beauty in the simple sentences that are not over loaded with unnecessary words or description. It isn’t so much the simple setting of t [...]


    15. Two-to-three-page descriptive impressions are assembled loosely on an armature, a sort of narrative emerges. Have never encountered this form of storytelling before.


    16. The Nobel Prize for Literature is meant to consider an author's corpus of work as a whole, so maybe it is not fair for me to wonder why Suspended Sentences merits this kind of recognition. On the surface it is slow, vague, and its subtlety borders on simply having a lack of substance.And yet, it is a beautiful book with three short stories that give you an impressionistic experience of memory. It is difficult or slow because it has so many gaps, and so many names of Parisian streets scattered in [...]


    17. A Nobel????I understand the aesthetic intention: to impress upon the reader a sensual melancholy--something almost wordless, like a photograph. But the photograph does the work of a photograph. For better or worse, the novelist has the difficult job of expression as well as impression. There's no outwardness in Modiano's novel--nothing reaching toward me. That said, I read the English translation. For those of you who've read the French original, does the prose improve? I can't imagine the conte [...]


    18. Come in una nebbia molto leggeraDopo un iniziale disorientamento per una storia che mi sembrava non ‘decollasse’, mi sono resa conto che era proprio quella sospensione a rendere la storia unica e interessante; era proprio quel procedere a flash ad essere l’anima della storia. Era proprio quella scrittura scarna ed essenziale a permettere di immedesimarmi nei pensieri dell’io narrante; era proprio quella semplicità dei periodi a consentirmi di fluttuare con naturalezza tra presente e pas [...]


    19. Just finished reading this beauty. This has to be one of my favorite books out of a list of ten. Anyone who wants to get curious, sepia-drenched, Noir-film feels must read this book. Modiano's prose is so lissome and lucid with an understated exoticism, it melts like buttered saffron in the mouth.


    20. I consider myself fairly well-read, so I was shocked when Patrick Modiano won this year's Nobel Prize in Literature because I had never even heard of him, a reaction shared by many other members of ' Constant Reader group. Thus, I was particularly pleased to receive an ARC of Suspended Sentences; after reading these three novellas, however, I have concluded that the Nobel committee and I are clearly on different wavelengths.The best of the three was "Afterimage," at 3 stars. Modiano can write be [...]


    21. Thanks to Yale University Press and NetGalley for a free copy of Suspended Sentences in exchange for my honest review.There are many similarities among the three novellas in Suspended Sentences: Three Novellas, thus the thematic aggregation makes sense. However, I would have rated the book higher, based on the first two pieces, as the third had two major problems: one, that the rambling memories told in staggering jumps between now and then and sometime in between that made the first two pieces [...]


    22. An exploration of nostalgia in three loosely autobiographical novellas, the work conjures a mood of both loss and searching, memory and ignorance, mystery and revelation. The City of Light has its darker corners, and these stories visit some of those, often through the soft focus of memories dimmed and altered by the years. Who are we if our memories are false or incomplete? As we "mature" (as my ophthalmologist so kindly put it), both our vision and our perceptions change. But as we age, those [...]



    23. Paris, a site of unstable memories. Certain objects recur in all three novellas: suitcases, identity cards, a crocodile cigarette case, a ruined mansion, a pale green bumper car, a Black Maria. The narrator attempts to weave a story, gathering together all the threads he has collected, joining seemingly random events and images the way we do in dreamwork, but it always unravels. Tissue-thin, the cloth dissolves like a scrim, lit from behind. In the theater, this device would reveal the character [...]


    24. One of the most often voiced complaints to make of collections of shorter works is that they're uneven, but the three novellas in Suspended Sentences take this common criticism to hard to reach levels. "Afterimage", for instance, could read like a cheap parody of perceptions of French Literature with a couple of very minor changes. Its rambling plot focusing on Parisan artists bouncing from apartment to apartment and putting their ennui to words feels incredibly familiar, and incredibly redundan [...]


    25. A good introduction to this Nobel Prize winning author from France, the three novellas here are easy to read, and at least one of them, is difficult to forget. "Afterimage" is a meditation on a great photographer who at the height of his accomplishment threw it all over and took off for parts unknown never to be heard of again. It's told appropriately through the dissection of various photos or images he left behind which the narrator uses to reconstruct or figure out what happened. "Flowers of [...]


    26. A book that you experience, so much as read. The hazy Paris streets, the conflation of past and present, the ominous backdrop of the French occupation, the sliding identities and disappearances -- all this made for a deliciously atmospheric, immersive read. (There's even a threatening mime named Gil.) But also a read that requires patience, as the small semblance of plot and the autobiographical flavor of these novellas seem to place this in the grey realm between story and memoir, plot and impr [...]


    27. There is a little French restaurant down the road from me, not often busy, where the owners seem intent on preserving the vibe of Paris circa 1935, where the waiters are immaculate lifers and the kitchen staff still occasionally wheels out a vintage duck press. What, I wonder, do the elderly French owners dream of when they're out puffing their Gauloises on the patio?Maybe it's something like the weird, floaty childhood world of Patrick Modiano, the sort of writing that needs a melancholy piano [...]


    28. Easy reading, but intellectually fulfilling, which is far too rare for me to be too critical. The title novella was more interesting than the other two, though Afterimage was enjoyable enough. Flowers of Ruin reminded me far too much of Paul Auster, though Paul Auster written by someone who is aware of what sentences are. So there's that. I suspect this isn't the place to start with Modiano, but even so, it was pleasant enough.


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