Patrick Modiano

France
Born on 30 Jul 1945
Writer

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If we live near a train station, it completely changes our lives. We get the impression that we are passing through. Nothing is definite. In either day, we ended up boarding a train.

La Petite Bijou
What makes the loss even more sensitive, are the language codes between him and us, that suddenly become useless and empty.

Villa Triste
How strange it would be if the children knew how their parents were before they were born, when they were not yet parents, but simply themselves.

Une Jeunesse
There are mysterious beings, always the same, who keep on sentinel at every crossroads in our lives.

Villa Triste
I always believed that some places are magnets and that we are attracted to them if we walk nearby.

Dans le Café de la Jeunesse Perdue
He listened to me, smiling, but with that condescending and paternal solicitude for having me at his service.

Les Boulevards de Ceinture
It takes a long time to emerge in daylight what was erased.

Dora Bruder
All this was our youth, the deep morning to which we will never return.

La Place de l'Etoile
An impression has gone through me, like those fragments of fugitive dreams trying to get out of the dream in order to reveal it.

Rue des Boutiques Obscures (Missing Person)
Everything that we experience in everyday life is marked by the uncertainties of the present.

L'Horizon
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