Missing Person

Missing Person

Book - 2005
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"For ten years Guy Roland has lived without a past. His current life and name were given to him by his recently retired boss, Hutte, who welcomed him, a one-time client, into his detective agency. Guy makes full use of Hutte's files - directories, yearbooks, and papers of all kinds going back half a century - but leads to his former life are few. Could he really be that person in a photograph, a young man remembered by some as a South American attache? Or was he someone else, perhaps the disappeared scion of a prominent local family? He interviews strangers and is tantalized by half-clues until, at last, he grasps a thread that leads him through the maze of his own repressed experience."
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : David R. Godine, 2005
Edition: 1st edition
ISBN: 9781567922813
1567922813
Characteristics: 167 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Weissbort, Daniel

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ilovesfpl8392
Jun 17, 2015

What if the missing person you are investigating is your own lost identity? A fascinating story.

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mclarjh
Apr 01, 2015

Reminds me of Roberto Bolano's "The Savage Detectives" in a way.

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JimLoter
Feb 11, 2015

Guy Roland suffers from amnesia, and after 10 years of living in Paris under an assumed identity, he embarks on a quest to discover his past. Modiano's take on memory and remembrance should be compared (and, importantly, contrasted) to Proust's - Roland spends the length of the novella looking for his memory-triggering madeleine - a photograph, a name in a phone directory, a dressmaker's mannequin, a voice on the telephone, a brass handrail. But every potential cookie either leads to dead ends, unreliable sources, or memories of questionable veracity.

A particularly nice recurring motif involves Roland being given collections of keepsakes and artifacts that belonged to others as if his past can only be reconstructed out of the detritus of those who he may (or may not) have known (or been). "It certainly seemed everything ended with old chocolate or biscuit or cigar boxes." In a way, Roland relies on the memories of others to help him reconstruct his own and becomes a construct rather than a blank slate - which, perhaps, we all are anyway.

Reading "Missing Person" is also a little like experiencing "L'année dernière à Marienbad." Like that film, the structure is non-linear, the interactions between characters are rather dreamlike, and the depictions of past events are always bathed in a fog of ambiguity.

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kennethek
Feb 09, 2015

The cat can flat out write. Funny nobody ever heard of him but that's how you win a Nobel. This is a fun read. easy. simple. Can't wait to get to the head of the line for his novellas.

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maharkness
Dec 29, 2014

The mystery is written like an autobiography. A man is searching for his identity after suffering from amnesia during an attempt to cross the French border into Switzerland. He uncovers layers of his multiple identities used to escape. Perhaps he will never know, but will relentlessly continue his search.

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pgproulx
Oct 09, 2014

Où est la version originale?

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