Invisible Ink A Novel Patrick Modiano, Mark Polizzotti

The Margellos World Republic of Letters
Publication date:
24 Nov 2020
Yale University Press
176 pages: 197 x 127mm
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Patrick Modiano explores the boundaries of recollection in his tenth book published by Yale University Press

For his many readers, each new work by Patrick Modiano is a piece in a puzzle, a revelation, another chapter in the ongoing portrait of a singular consciousness. Modiano’s latest novel, Invisible Ink, returns to his signature themes of unreliable memory and the elusiveness of identity, reinterpreting past obsessions to craft a tale at once recognizable and thrillingly different. Jean Eyben, a young private detective, is sent on a missing persons case that ultimately proves fruitless. Thirty years later, Jean resumes the investigation for himself, revisiting old sites, tracking down witnesses, compelled by reasons he can’t explain to follow the cold trail and discover the shocking truth once and for all. A number one best seller in France, hailed by reviewers as “breathtakingly beautiful” (Les Inrockuptibles) and “refined and dazzling” (Le Journal du Dimanche), Invisible Ink has been widely acclaimed as one of Modiano’s finest works to date.

Patrick Modiano is an acclaimed French novelist who was awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature. He lives in France. Mark Polizzotti has translated more than fifty books from the French, including nine others by Modiano. He lives in New York, NY.

“In Invisible Ink, Patrick Modiano speaks magnificently about the relationship between writing and forgetting, the strata of memory that constitute a being.”—Raphaëlle Leyris, Le Monde des Livres

“Hauntingly memorable and evocative.”—Edward Ousselin, World Literature Today

“Breathtakingly beautiful”—Nelly Kaprièlian, Les Inrockuptibles

"A refined and dazzling style . . . The end is emotionally gripping"—Marie-Laure Delorme, Le Journal du Dimanche

 “A foggy and magnetic novel”—Jérôme Garcin, L’Obs