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Patrick Modiano

The Search Warrant

€13,95
Missing a young girl, Dora Bruder, 15, height 1.55m, oval-shaped face, grey-brown eyes, grey sports jacket, maroon pullover, navy blue skirt and hat, brown gym shoes. All information to M. and Mme Bruder, 41 Boulevard Ornano, Paris.'Patrick Modiano stumbles across this notice in a December 1941 issue of Paris Soir.

The girl has vanished from the convent school which had taken her in during the Occupation, at a time of especially violent German reprisals. Moved by her fate, the author sets out to find all he can about her. He discovers her name in a list of Jews deported to Auschwitz in September 1942 and what further fragments he is able to uncover about the Bruder family become a meditation on the immense losses of the period - people lost, stories lost, human history lost.

Modiano delivers a moving survey of a decade-long investigation that revived for him the sights, sounds and sorrowful rhythms of occupied Paris. And in seeking to exhume Dora Bruder's fate, he in turn faces his own family history.


Format: Paperback
Published: UK, 2009
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Pages: 144
Language: English
ISBN 13: 9781846553615
ISBN 10: 184655361X

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The Search Warrant

€13,95