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A Photographic Memory : Ambiguity in Chien de printemps

Morris, Alan (1998) A Photographic Memory : Ambiguity in Chien de printemps. In: Paradigms of Memory. Currents in comparative romance languages and literatures . Peter Lang AG, New York, pp. 73-87. ISBN 9780820438641

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Abstract

The first collective study in English of the novels of Patrick Modiano (b. 1945), these essays approach the question of memory - and its interaction with history - in Modiano's works from several different theoretical and critical angles, all leading to an examination of the relationship between recollection and representation. The historical background of the Nazi occupation of France offers grounds for reflection on the ambiguous relationship between individual and collective memory. Through investigation, memory, repetition, and a coming to writing, Modiano's narrators represent each one of us as we come to terms with our individual and historical past.