A writer's notebook becomes the key that unlocks memories of a love formed and lost in 1960s Paris. In the aftermath of Algeria's war of independence, Paris was a city rife with suspicion and barely suppressed violence. Amid this tension, Jean, a young writer adrift, met and fell for Dannie, an enigmatic woman fleeing a troubled past. Half a century later, with his old black notebook as a guide, Jean retraces this fateful period in his life, recounting how, through Dannie, he became mixed up with a group of unsavory characters connected by a shadowy crime. Soon Jean too was a person of interest to the detective pursuing their case-a detective who would prove instrumental in revealing Dannie's darkest secret. The Black Notebook bears all the hallmarks of this Nobel Prize-winning literary master's unsettling and intensely atmospheric style, rendered in English by acclaimed translator Mark Polizzotti. Once again, Modiano invites us into his unique world, a Paris infused with melancholy, uncertain danger, and the fading echoes of lost love.
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by Patrick Modiano
by Tim Powers
by Patrick Taylor
by Patrick Dearen
by Patrick O'Brian
"Bronson Pinchot elegantly narrates this mysterious novella. His fine French accent gives this brooding backward-glancing story by Nobel Prize winner Modiano a fine sense of time and place. Set in contemporary Paris, the story recounts the haunting experience of Jean, once a struggling writer, who now uses his notebook as a map to return to his long-ago dangerous liaison with Dannie. His Moroccan paramour, an expat in Paris, was mixed up with an unsavory group and may have been involved in a politically charged murder. Pinchot's nuanced narration of this brief work brings the listener into the complex past via Jean's black notebook, which links him with Dannie and her comrades. The energized Parisian street life of the 1960s is almost a character itself. A.D.M. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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