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La Place de l'Étoile / Patrick Modiano ; translated from the French by Frank Wynne.

By: Modiano, Patrick, 1945- [author.].
Contributor(s): Wynne, Frank [translator.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London ; Bloomsbury Paperbacks, [2015]Copyright date: ©1968Description: 152 pages ; 20 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781408867952.Uniform titles: Place de l'Étoile. English Subject(s): France -- History -- German occupation, 1940-1945 -- FictionGenre/Form: Historical fiction.Summary: In Patrick Modiano's sardonic, often grotesque satire of France during the Nazi occupation, we are immediately plunged into the hallucinatory imagination of Raphael Schlemilovitch, a young Jewish man, torn between self-aggrandisement and self-loathing, who may be the heir to a Venezuelan fortune, may have lived during the Nazi Occupation, may have rubbed shoulders with the most notorious collaborators and anti-Semites of the time, may even have been the lover of Eva Braun. Or, he may have been none of these things. But at the centre of this vortex is 'La Place de l'Etoile' - the Place of the Star - which is both the geographical and moral centre of Paris, as well as the place next to the heart where French Jews were compelled to wear the yellow star, the symbol of their persecution.
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This astonishing first novel by one of France's greatest living writers was among the earliest to seriously question both wartime collaboration in France and the myths of the Gaullist era. The epigraph reads-
In June 1942 a German officer goes up to a young man and says- 'Excuse me, monsieur, where is La Place de l'.toile?' The young man points to the star on his chest.
The narrator of this wild and whirling satire is a hero on the edge, who imagines himself in Paris under the German Occupation. Through his mind stream a thousand different possible existences, where sometimes the Jew is king, sometimes a martyr, and where tragedy disguises itself as farce. Real and fictional characters from Maurice Sachs and Drieu La Rochelle, Marcel Proust and the French Gestapo, Captain Dreyfus and the Petainist admirals, to Freud, Hitler and Eva Braun spin past our eyes. But at the centre of this whirligig is La Place de l'.toile, the geographical and moral centre of Paris, the capital of grief.
With La Place de l'.toile Patrick Modiano burst onto the Parisian literary scene in 1968, winning two literary prizes, and preparing the way for the next two books - The Night Watch and Ring Roads - in what is regarded as his trilogy of the Occupation.

Originally published as La Place de l'Étoile: Paris: Éditions Gallimard, 1968.

In Patrick Modiano's sardonic, often grotesque satire of France during the Nazi occupation, we are immediately plunged into the hallucinatory imagination of Raphael Schlemilovitch, a young Jewish man, torn between self-aggrandisement and self-loathing, who may be the heir to a Venezuelan fortune, may have lived during the Nazi Occupation, may have rubbed shoulders with the most notorious collaborators and anti-Semites of the time, may even have been the lover of Eva Braun. Or, he may have been none of these things. But at the centre of this vortex is 'La Place de l'Etoile' - the Place of the Star - which is both the geographical and moral centre of Paris, as well as the place next to the heart where French Jews were compelled to wear the yellow star, the symbol of their persecution.

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