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Invisible Ink by Patrick Modiano, Mark Polizzotti

Invisible Ink: A Novel

Patrick Modiano, Mark Polizzotti

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Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 3 Nov 2020
ISBN: 9780300252583
4 stars out of 5
9 Jan 2021

"Modiano’s stories circle, perhaps obsessively, around the same unhealed wounds"

Nothing amounts to very much; no great historical secret comes clearly to light. With Modiano, the repressed always returns —but only in flickers and whispers at the edge of perception. His spare, elliptical prose — translated again with finesse and panache by Mark Polizzotti — casts its glow of mystery and menace over the tiniest detail, like lamps along the Seine’s quais in a misty winter dusk. We leave so little behind, Modiano hints; only a few ‘secrets and receding lines’ endure.