Scene of the Crime

by Patrick Modiano

Translated by Mark Polizzotti

Yale University Press

It is always an event when Patrick Modiano, Nobel Prize winner, publishes a new book. My wait is over: Yale University Press, thanks to the splendid translation by Mark Polizzoti, has recently issued Scene of the Crime. Readers familiar with Modiano will quickly recognize that this latest novel is an updating of the years he wrote about in his semi-autobiographical novella Suspended Sentences, It is not necessary to have read the earlier book but it is helpful in getting a fuller picture of the events described in Scene of the Crime. Part detective novel, part a book about memory and loss, Modiano weaves together a present inescapable from the past. The result is startling and haunting, bewildering and tragically beautiful.

— Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno

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