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 127 x 17mm
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Patrick Modiano explores the boundaries of recollection in a “mesmerizing, enigmatic novel” (Publishers Weekly)
“A mesmerizing, enigmatic novel. . . . A story about growing old and the gaps and omissions that make up a life. . . . Its dreamlike prose and a beguiling structural twist make it a worthy and satisfying addition to [Modiano’s] accomplished oeuvre.”—Publishers Weekly
“Nobel Prize winner Modiano’s title smartly ties together the theme, plot, and ambience of his latest book . . . The past overlaps and memories half-emerge in classic Modiano fashion, just as a message in invisible ink tentatively reveals itself in the right light.”—Library Journal
The latest work from Nobel laureate Patrick Modiano, Invisible Ink is a spellbinding tale of memory and its illusions. Private detective Jean Eyben receives an assignment to locate a missing woman, the mysterious Noëlle Lefebvre. While the case proves fruitless, the clues Jean discovers along the way continue to haunt him. Three decades later, he resumes the investigation for himself, revisiting old sites and 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 critics as “breathtakingly beautiful” (Les Inrockuptibles) and “refined and dazzling” (Le Journal du Dimanche), Invisible Ink is Modiano’s most thrilling and revelatory work to date.

Patrick Modiano, one of France’s most acclaimed contemporary novelists, was awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature. Mark Polizzotti has translated more than fifty books from the French, including nine others by Modiano.

“It is as a delineator of the labyrinths of human consciousness that Modiano excels. You feel the desperation with which the characters tug at the locked doors of their memories, and find yourself becoming more conscious of, and disturbed by, your own memory’s lacunae.”—Jake Kerridge, The Daily Telegraph

“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."—Boyd Tonkin, Spectator

Finalist for the Translation Prize, fiction category, sponsored by the French American Foundation

“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