La Place de l'Etoile (Paperback)
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La Place de l'Etoile (Paperback)

(author), (translator)
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Paperback 160 Pages / Published: 10/03/2016
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Modiano's debut novel is a sardonic, often grotesque satire of France during the Nazi occupation. We are immediately plunged into the hallucinatory imagination of Raphael Schlemilovitch, a young Jewish man, torn between self-aggrandisement and self-loathing, who may be the heir to a Venezuelan fortune, may have lived during the Nazi Occupation, may have rubbed shoulders with the most notorious collaborators and anti-Semites of the time, may even have been the lover of Eva Braun... or he may have been none of these things. But at the centre of this vortex is `La Place de l'Etoile' - the Place of the Star - which is both the geographical and moral centre of Paris, and that place next the heart where French Jews were compelled to wear the yellow star, the symbol of their persecution.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408867952
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 121 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A Marcel Proust of our time * Peter Englund, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy *
Modiano is a pure original * Adam Thirlwell *
From the satirical portrayal of anti-Semitism in his debut novel [La Place de l'Etoile] to later books such as The Search Warrant and Missing Person (winner of the 1978 Prix Goncourt), the Occupation shapes much of Modiano's work * Boyd Tonkin, Independent *
Modiano is the poet of the Occupation and a spokesman for the disappeared, and I am thrilled that the Swedish Academy has recognised him * Rupert Thomson, Guardian *

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