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And the 'Bande' played on: an intertext for Patrick Modiano's Les Boulevards de ceinture

Morris, A.I. (2007) And the 'Bande' played on: an intertext for Patrick Modiano's Les Boulevards de ceinture. In: Patrick Modiano. Rodopi, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, pp. 33-48. ISBN 9042023161

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Abstract

While his preoccupation with the period of the Occupation remains a permanent theme, Patrick Modiano is increasingly interested in the exploration of time and memory, and the attendant problem of reconstituting the past. This volume explores all these features. It casts new light on Modiano's earliest novels, examines afresh his more recent work including his stories for children, situates it in the context of contemporary writing and unravels the intricacies and subtleties of his style. It underlines Modiano's position as one of France's major writers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and will be of interest to all who are interested in the modern French novel and the complex interactions between fiction and history.