Internationally renowned author Patrick Modiano has received many prestigious literary awards, among them the 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature. Mark Polizzotti is the translator of more than fifty books from the French, including eight by Modiano.
Memories from some fifty years before return . . . blurring the lines between reality, dreams, and fiction. These are dark, at times violent recollections . . . but [the narrator] maintains a wry wistfulness about the comings and goings of a long life. -New Yorker Sleep of Memory is a throwback to a Paris where life still happened on the terrasses, before everyone retreated into laptops and phones and before time was money, when some happenstance meeting in the morning might turn into an afternoon with an unknown ending. -Elisabeth Zerofsky, International New York Times A splendid, wistful book. -Olivia de Lamberterie, Elle Once again, Modiano masterfully demonstrates the `art of memory' that won him the Nobel and accounts for the engrossing charm of all his work. -Nelly Kaprielian, Vogue (France) A beautiful narrative, mysteriously haunted and poignant. -Jerome Garcin, Le Nouvel Observateur Brief but vast and echoing, impossible to summarize, Sleep of Memory is Modiano at his most sublime. -Luc Sante, author of The Other Paris It's thrilling to read Modiano's narratives of a cosmic mystery so substantive, yet so personal, that it need not be named. Though names do appear everywhere, lit up like stars above a dark landscape, mapping locations, naming the players (often with fluid identities) in a shape shifting, yet eternal drama. In Modiano, mysteries don't exist to be solved; instead, they are compounded. I love the metaphorical connotations here of people one might assume have vanished, though 'they only changed neighborhoods.' -Ann Beattie A lapidary master, Modiano compellingly evokes a particular city (Paris) in a historical moment, through the recollections of his idiosyncratic protagonist. Simultaneously illusory and utterly precise, Sleep of Memory reverberates powerfully in the reader's imagination. -Claire Messud, author, most recently, of The Burning Girl