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Pedigree: A Memoir

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Paris, Octobre 1942. Un homme et une femme se rencontrent lors de l'occupation de la ville. Lui un Juif d'origine toscane, elle une Belge qui poursuit son rêve de devenir danseuse. Ils se marient et ont deux enfants, dont l'un est Patrick Modiano...
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published August 25th 2015 by Yale University Press (first published 2005)
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Philippe Malzieu
As ot the tenth page, we understand that Modiano was not a wished child, his father was a dubious buisnessman, his mother not maternal. Modiano does not save any details to us. It is deeply tiedous.
On page 50, I seriously thought of given up.But it is a short novel, so I armed myself with courage.
Nietzsche said «All great philosophy is a confession.» By estension, all great litterature is thus autobiographical. The problem is that I do not see much litterature.
Modiano tells us he lived his li
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Lisa Lieberman
Mar 24, 2016 Lisa Lieberman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: french-interest
Modiano’s terse memoir contains a kind of shadow book. Behind the story of how he became a writer, beneath the sad, and often bitter recollections of his childhood, are traces of the other stories he has felt compelled to write: stories in which he seems to imagine himself alive during the Occupation, implicated in his father’s shady black market dealings, his mother’s wartime liaisons with influential people — Belgian collaborators, German officers — whom she cultivated in the hopes of ...more
Roberto
“A volte, come un cane senza pedigree e che è stato abbandonato un po’ troppo a se stesso, provo la tentazione di scrivere nero su bianco e in dettaglio quello che mi ha fatto subire, per colpa della sua durezza e incoerenza. Taccio. E la perdono. Tutto ormai è così lontano… ma il mio era un dolore da nulla, di quelli su cui non ci si può scrivere nemmeno una poesia.”

Patrick Modiano in questo piccolo libro, mentre racconta la sua vita da giovane, si paragona ad un cane senza pedigree, principalm
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Sandra
May 16, 2015 Sandra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: francia, ebook
"Ma la vita continuava senza sapere bene perché in un dato momento uno si trovasse insieme a certe persone piuttosto che ad altre, in un certo luogo piuttosto che altrove, e se il film fosse una versione originale o doppiata. Oggi non me ne restano in testa che brevi sequenze. "
Posso riassumere con questa frase il breve romanzo del premio Nobel per la letteratura del 2014. Non sono in grado di dire se mi piaccia o meno, è troppo poco per affezionarmi allo scrittore o per non amarlo. Oltretutto q
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Stephen Durrant
Nov 07, 2014 Stephen Durrant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At one point in his short autobiography "Un pedigree," Patrick Modiano, the winner of this year's Nobel Prize for Literature, says, "I will continue to mark those years, without nostalgia but with a hasty voice. It is not my fault if the words jostle one another. I must act quickly or I will not have the courage for it" (p84). The years Modiano is marking are those of his youth. The autobiography ends when he reaches twenty-one and formally breaks with his father. There is no reason for ...more
Billy O'Callaghan
Oct 10, 2015 Billy O'Callaghan rated it really liked it
When, last October, the Swedish Academy announced that France's Patrick Modiano had been awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature, their spokesman, Peter Englund,said they had chosen to celebrate the author's remarkable “art of memory” and acclaimed him as “a Marcel Proust of our time”.
'Pedigree' makes sense of, and at the same time challenges, such statements.
To call this an autobiography is almost missing the point. Modiano has attempted something breathtaking: to capture on paper nothing l
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Tosh
Feb 03, 2016 Tosh rated it really liked it
A moody memoir of the young years of the Nobel Prize winner (for literature) Patrick Modiano. I have not, at this date, read any of his fiction, but will do so. I like his writing, and how he reflects on the relationship between him and his parents. His mother was very distant and sort of demanding, and father was a border-line criminal. Both parents lacked that parent skill, so Modiano floated between and beyond them.

This brief book is hard to put down, and one can easily read it in a few hour
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Nerdanel

En Un pedigrí nos encontramos con una novela autobiográfica en la que Patrick Modiano nos va relatando sin darnos tregua su infancia y juventud hasta el momento en que se publicó su primer libro, que supuso cierta liberación y una manera de soltar lastre.

Una infancia bastante dura, marcada por la ausencia de un padre que no supo conectar con su hijo, y el abandono de su madre, actriz de obras de teatro malas, eterna segundona y que estaba más centrada en sí misma que en su propio hijo.

En estas c
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Marina Sofia
Nov 27, 2014 Marina Sofia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Goodness, what a sad and tormented childhood! Yet the author avoids melodrama and sentimentality, sprouting out a deluge of names, places, people, characters, restaurants, dates, book titles, as if to try and encompass it all in the smallest space available. The ironic title refers to the fact that he feels like a dog, shunted from one parent to another, one boarding-school to another, fobbed off on friends and relatives by selfish and neglectful parents. He never quite manages to figure out ...more
Karou!
Oct 31, 2015 Karou! rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
DNF: 30%

Traté y traté de terminarlo. Pero obligarme a leer sería peor y no quiero terminar odiando a un autor que me enamoró con En el café de la juventud perdida. Ahora, espero que los próximos libros que lea de él sean mejores, porque las pocas páginas que pude soportar leer de Un pedigrí fueron una procesión interminable de nombres que olvidaba justo después de leerlos y datos sin ninguna importancia. Una pena realmente.
مريم ناصر
تأريخ ممل لمحطات في حياته ،، لكأنما يكتب كي لا ينسى،، وهذا شئ جيد له كتوثيق ، أما بالنسبة لي كقارئة وجدت ذلك مملاً !
Antenna
Jan 14, 2015 Antenna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The publication of a debut novel in his early twenties set Modiano on course for his unexpected winning of the Nobel Prize for Literature almost half a century later. “A Pedigree” differs from his other novels, often attacked as the same tale retold, in being an autobiography of his first twenty-one years. Yet it could be said it is in the same vein as the others, being in essence part of an ongoing search for identity.

In a postscript, he describes how his first two decades formed a life which d
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Apubakr
Feb 13, 2016 Apubakr rated it it was amazing
إذا ما إستثنيت شقيقي رودي ووفاته ، أعتقد أنه ليس ثمة بين كل ما أنقله ما يعنيني في الصميم . أكتب هذه الصفحات كمن يحرر محضرا أو سيرة توثيقية ، ربما للإنتهاء من حياة لم تكن تخصني . مجرد شريط من الأحداث والأفعال ليس لدي ما أعترف به

ربما كانت سيرة حياة باتريك موديانو " سلالة " والصادرة عام 2005 أوجز سيرة شخصية يمكن كتابتها على الإطلاق . وقد شكلت هذه السيرة مفاجأة كبيرة بالنسبة لي . يروي موديانو في كتاب مفخخ بالأسماء قصة شبابه . ويصف لنا حياة الفقر والعوز التي عانى منها في باريس مسلطاً الضوء بشكل أكبر
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Romain
Oct 23, 2015 Romain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog
Patrick Modiano raconte son enfance se déroulant à une époque trouble de l’Histoire de France. Elle est pour le moins atypique, on y croise des personnages au destin singulier tout droits sortis de films de gangsters. On ne connaît pas exactement la nature de leurs activités mais on la devine, comme en les observant au travers d’une vitre en verre dépolie ou plutôt au travers des yeux d’un enfant. Le style de Modiano est surprenant. Il nous étouffe, sous les faits, les histoires et les ...more
SCARABOOKS
Nov 19, 2014 SCARABOOKS rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Più utile di tanti articoli usciti in questi giorni, per inquadrare personaggio e poetica di Modiano.
C'è un pezzo della sua biografia, quella giovanile, fino all'affermazione come scrittore.
C'è la sua visuale di narrazione come una sorta di lavoro da cameramen. Il narratore è fuori dalla scena che sta riprendendo, non coinvolto, dietro un vetro: "credo che niente di tutto ciò che riporterò qui mi tocchi nel profondo. Scrivo queste pagine come si redige un verbale o un curriculum vitae, a titolo
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Peacejanz
Dec 20, 2015 Peacejanz rated it liked it
This is a memoir of his early life just after WWII. He was really abandoned by both mother and father. Throughout the book, he shows more love for his father, a back market dealer - during and after the war. But, oh, his mother - he writes, "I can't recall a single act of genuine warmth or protectiveness from her." He was often in boarding school, when his father got up the money to pay the fees. He walked the streets, slept in the streets. His mother thought she was an actress and got small bit ...more
Susan
Nov 02, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: france
Another small gem by Modiano (I guess all his work is rather short) - a tale of a sad, abandoned childhood, the son of parents who had no time for him, no money, no inclination to be parents. Born one year after Liberation, mother Flemish actress, father part-Jewish, smuggler, small-time dishonest businessman, Patrick shuffled off to one boarding school after another, one "family" to another. But there were little bits of kindness that built up enough to make this honest writer. Emotions, ...more
Silvia Sirea
In questo libro Modiano racconta i suoi primi ventuno anni di vita. In quanto a tematica, non si discosta tanto dagli altri suoi romanzi che ho letto: è un recupero della memoria grazie a dei ricordi frammentati.

Non ha avuto un'infanzia ed un'adolescenza affatto facili. Due genitori distanti, mai presenti, la perdita di un fratello in giovane età, Modiano è cresciuto passando da una casa all'altra, da un collegio all'altro, fino a quando non si è ribellato e ha conquistato la libertà ma non l'am
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Luca
Jan 26, 2016 Luca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: narrativa-estera
Uno strano tipo di autobiografia, fatto di immagini rapide, descrizioni fulminanti, episodi che passano velocemente. Vari segmenti di una vita giovanile apparentemente slegati che acquistano un senso unitario una volta che li si guarda da più lontano, come tante tessere di un mosaico.
Quello che colpisce in Modiano è il saper descrivere i personaggi con pochi tratti, spesso quasi esclusivamente esteriori (il vestito, le scarpe, il viso), riuscendo però a regalare una impressione di come possa ess
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ℳatthieu
May 02, 2016 ℳatthieu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Récit autobiographique sur les vingt-deux premières années de l'auteur (à l'aube de la publication de son premier roman : La Place de l’Étoile qui ne m'avait pas vraiment emballé).
Entre un père absent « dans les affaires » et une mère désargentée comédienne sans cesse par monts et par vaux, l'enfance du jeune Patrick, placé dans différents internats, est peu enviable. « Une vie de bâton de chaise » aurait dit ma mère.
Denis
Aug 24, 2012 Denis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un pedigree, Modiano’s only book that is directly and openly autobiographical, is everything but a typical autobiography – and as usual with this writer (and isn’t that why his fans keep reading his work?), it becomes a melancholic, bittersweet meditation on the past, on memories, on childhood. It’s a short book, but it packs quite a punch, without sentimentality, but with much emotion. A life, in 127 terse but powerful pages - where everything that is untold, or merely hinted at, lingers around ...more
Carax
Dec 28, 2014 Carax rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me ha encantado mi primer acercamiento al autor
jana
Sep 26, 2016 jana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read_2016
" قد تكون أوجز سيرة عرفها تاريخ الأدب وأكثفها "
هذا ما أذكره من قراءة طويلة نُشرت عن الرواية في صحيفة الغد.

لم أصدّق أنها سيرة ذاتية حتى أنتهيت منها. فـ 154 صفحة قليلة جدًا مقارنةً بما نعرف من أعمال. وفي التقديم يقول كاظم جهاد :
نشير إلى كتابة موديانو التي شاء لها هنا أن تكون تقريرية أو مقتضبة واستبعد فيها عمل المجاز والشعر (لست موهوبًا في ابتكار الاستعارات) كتابة غالبًا ما تقوم على عبارات برقية بلا روابط, مقذوف بها كأنما على عجل.

من الرواية :
سوف أواصل كرّ سبحة تلك السنوات بلا حنين وإنما بصوت مستعجل
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Jennyb
After reading this short memoir of Modiano’s life until age 21, I am astonished that he could become what he became: a Nobel-prize winning author.

His is the story of a child who occupied little of his parents’ affection and even less of their attention. His mother was a small time actress, best described as indifferent to him, and his father was a small time… well, it’s hard to say *what* his father did, besides scraping by on various shady “business” ventures. As a young child, Modiano was oft
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Bob Mustin
May 05, 2016 Bob Mustin rated it really liked it
If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ve read my take on memoirs written by various celebrities or their ghostwriters. Memoirs by literary personalities are of another ilk. These tend to be, as you suspect, literary works of themselves. Such a one is Patrick Modiano’s brief work, Pedigree. Modiano is a Nobel laureate (2014), and has been called the "Marcel Proust of our time.” I confess: there are many holes in my own literary reading; among these holes lives most modern French writers, ...more
Roland Kermarec
Je me suis intéressé à Modiano pour deux raisons initialement. D'abord pour un motif "obscur" : parce que Vincent Delerm fait référence à lui dans la chanson "Le Baiser Modiano" que je vénère absolument, et j'apprécie le fait qu''aimer un artiste m'amène à en découvrir un autre, comme une sorte de jeu de piste mystérieux. Et puis Modiano semble s'intéresser à une, sinon à MON obsession ultime : le temps et la mémoire, qu'il évoquait déjà dans l'autre roman que j'ai lu précédemment, "Dora ...more
Guillermo Macbeth
Jul 31, 2016 Guillermo Macbeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro genial. Modiano es un maestro del ritmo de la narración, de lo que Piglia llama el tono propio. Un Pedigrí es una exploración incómoda sobre sus padres. Casi todo el libro tiene un tono esquivo, áspero. Las frases son telegráficas, escuetas, parcas. El narrador parece estar molesto por tener que hablar de las miserias de sus padres, a los que acusa pero perdona. Allí radica su legitimación, su pedigrí, en el perdón. Creo que este libro es una especie de ascesis evasiva en proceso, en ...more
Alain
May 20, 2012 Alain rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: test
A chaque fois que je finis un livre de Modiano je me dis "c'est vraiment la derni?re fois que je lis un de ses livres". Et je finis toujours par en reprendre un. Et ? chaque fois j'ai les m?mes griefs ? son encontre : des livres de plus en plus fins, des livres qui se ressemblent tous, l?impression de tourner en rond ? Mais alors, comment expliquer un tel ph?nom?ne ? C?est l?atmosph?re tellement particuli?re des livres de Modiano qui finit un jour ou l?autre par me manquer. Sa nostalgie, son ...more
HannaSchygulla

Interessante, soprattutto, lo scopo di questo libro scritto da Modiano come "un curriculum vitae", e cioè esorcizzare i primi ventuno anni della sua vita, trascorsi tra un collegio e l'altro, sballottolato da una casa all'altra da due genitori disinteressati e indifferenti. Anni "trasparenti", i cui punti di riferimento sono le estati. Una serie di nomi che hanno attraversato la sua infanzia e la sua adolescenza, “ma i nomi finiscono per separarsi dai poveri mortali che li portano e brillano nel
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Francesca
Je n'avais jamais lu Modiano avant et j'ai choisi de commencer par ce livre car je pensais que connaitre la jeunesse de l'auteur m'aurait ensuite permis de mieux comprendre ses oeuvres. en effet, je n'ai pas été déçue, le recite de sa jeunesse m'a scotchée.
L'écriture est simple et raffinée, les épisodes de la vie sont raconté de façon originelle, la liste des bouquins lus à chaque époque sont la comme un conseil de lecture, les personnages sont d'abord introduits selon leur attitudes et seulemen
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Patrick Modiano is a French language novelist and winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature.

He is a winner of the Grand prix du roman de l'Académie française in 1972, the Prix Goncourt in 1978 for his novel Rue des boutiques obscures and of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2014.

Modiano's parents met in occupied Paris during World War II and began their relationship in semi-clandestinity. Modian
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