The Black Notebook
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: September 2016
Duration: 3 hours 33 minutes
A writer's notebook becomes the key that unlocks memories of a love formed and lost in 1960s Paris.
In the aftermath of Algeria's war of independence, Paris was a city rife with suspicion and barely suppressed violence. Amid this tension, Jean, a young writer adrift, met and fell for Dannie, an enigmatic woman fleeing a troubled past. Half a century later, with his old black notebook as a guide, Jean retraces this fateful period in his life, recounting how, through Dannie, he became mixed up with a group of unsavory characters connected by a shadowy crime. Soon Jean too was a person of interest to the detective pursuing their case-a detective who would prove instrumental in revealing Dannie's darkest secret.
The Black Notebook bears all the hallmarks of this Nobel Prize-winning literary master's unsettling and intensely atmospheric style, rendered in English by acclaimed translator Mark Polizzotti. Once again, Modiano invites us into his unique world, a Paris infused with melancholy, uncertain danger, and the fading echoes of lost love.
"There is a bit of noir in the new Modiano. Ex-convicts, missing bullets, a detective with a long memory...[But] in fact, Modiano has never before written a text as poetic as this apparent detective novel...with a rhythm at once carefully wrought and superbly fluid."-Le Monde (Paris)