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3.59  ·  Rating details ·  5,238 ratings  ·  590 reviews
Patrick Modiano, unul dintre cei mai renumiti scriitori francezi, castigator al unor importante distinctii literare, printre care Premiul Goncourt (1978), s-a nascut la Paris in 1945. Scriitura lui Modiano este cea a inexplicabilului, dar nu pentru a trezi in cititor mila, afectiunea sau revolta, ci pentru a releva absurdul, misteriosul, irealul, absenta, facandu-le astfel ...more
Paperback, 122 pages
Published September 2006 by Rao (first published April 2nd 1997)
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Violet wells
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I was nineteen I had a huge crush on Katherine Mansfield. I loved her letters and journal and the tragedy of her short life moved me. So when I went to Paris, the city she loved above all others, I decided to try to find her. There was a hotel she always stayed in. She stayed there when she was happy and in love and she also stayed there when she knew she was going to die. It’s called The Select Hotel and I was excited to discover it’s still there, in the Place de la Sorbonne, not far from ...more
Dolors
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Feel the magnetic pull of words
Shelves: read-in-2016
December 31st, 1941. A missing person ad is published in the Paris Soir journal. Her name is Dora Bruder, she is fifteen and of Jewish descent. The setting is Paris during the German occupation. Nine months later, the same name appears in a list of deported prisoners to Auschwitz.
“The search warrant” is much more than a journalistic exploration of Dora’s disappearance. It is an elegy to the fate of countless people, young and old, artists and professors, men and women, gentry and peasants, Frenc
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Gaurav
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ever since, the Paris wherein I have tried to retrace her steps has remained as silent and deserted as it was on that day. I walk through empty streets. For me, they are always empty, even at dusk, during the rush-hour, when the crowds are hurrying towards the mouths of the metro. I think of her in spite of myself, sensing an echo of her presence in this neighborhood or that. The other evening, it was near the Gare du Nord.\


Memory, loss, despair and hope, human life wanders about these essential
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Dhanaraj Rajan
Patrick Modiano is the winner of Nobel Prize for Literature this year (2014). And the Nobel Prize committee cited the following as the specialty of Modiano's writing: "for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation".

Having read this book I can say that the Nobel Committee's statement about Modiano's writing is very true. Personally speaking, the memory and the difficult past have been my favourite themes in the n
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Jacob Overmark
In usual style Modiano presents a snapshop of time and masters to unfold every detail in his melodic yet melancholic style-
This time though, the inspiration for his novel is bordering the depressing, it being a young girl, first believed to "just" have gone missing.
Later we find out that she met a much more sinister fate ...

This is about Vichy - and I´m not talking about the mineral water - but of one of the darkest spots in French history.

Rest in Peace, Dora Bruder.

The below is taken from: htt
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Philippe Malzieu
I had decided not to read Modiano for sentimental reasons many years ago. And then there was the Nobel Prize.I read "Pour que tu ne te perdes..." and I found that it was really well. I promised myself of all read of him. I bought 3 books of him today. I begin with Dora.

At the beginning there is a simple classified ads in a newspaper of 1941. Dora Bruder made a running away. Dora, a rebellious teenager. Modiano decides to inquire into her life. He visits the places where she has lived, walks on
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Dave Schaafsma
“Ever since, the Paris wherein I have tried to retrace her steps has remained as silent and deserted as it was on that day. I walk through empty streets. For me, they are always empty, even at dusk, during the rush hour, when the crowds are hurrying towards the mouths of the métro. I think of her in spite of myself, sensing an echo of her presence in this neighborhood or that.”

Dora Bruder, or The Search Warrant

Patrick Modiano was doing what he does a lot, one day in 1988. He was looking at the p
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Lisa Lieberman
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french-interest
While reading Suspended Sentences: Three Novellas, I was so strongly reminded of the films of Alain Resnais that I went back and watched a few of them. I drew out the resonances in yesterday's column for 3 Quarks Daily. Here I will simply say that Modiano's fiction addresses the same gaps in memory as Resnais's film Muriel, or the time of return, locating these lacunae in an actual place in much the same way that the bombed-out city of Boulogne was employed by the director to suggest impermanen ...more
Helen
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fifteen-year-old Dora Bruder didn't survive the Holocaust. Neither did her mother or father.

Forget the heroic stories of the French Resistance. Here is the true face of France during World War 2.

At no point in this brief, tragic book did poor Dora Bruder, lost to the conflagration of the Holocaust, come into contact with Germans. Not until the doors of the train she was riding in opened in Auschwitz, that is.

A French policeman randomly stopped her on the street to check if she was Jewish; a Fr
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Vartika
Dec 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Vartika by: Noumaan Anwer
One afternoon in 1988, Modiano stumbled across an ad for a missing girl, Dora Bruder, in the personal columns of a copy of Paris-Soir dated December 31, 1941. Something—the strange precision of the details mentioned in the ad, perhaps—captivated Modiano's attention, leading him on a search to find out what happened to her, this echo of a girl who went missing nearly five decades ago.
"Missing, a young girl, Dora Bruder, 15, height 1.55m, oval-shaped face, grey-brown eyes, grey sports jacket,
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Greta G
Who will grieve for this woman? Does she not seem too insignificant for our concern? Yet in my heart I never will deny her, who suffered death because she chose to turn
Anna Akhmatova
Daria
Oct 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dora Bruder is a little book about mostly nothing. It's the story of a man who finds a girl's name in a newspaper, dated December 1941, French Occupation in full swing, and notes that he himself had once walked countless steps past the spot where this girl used to live. So begins the link between Modiano and Dora, and Modiano's successive attempts to uncover more of Dora's story. The novel doesn't have a traditional narrative arc, and it's mostly composed of wanderings, of rememberings, always o ...more
david
Jul 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blind Faith (noun);
Belief without true understanding, perception, or discrimination.

We have blind faith in:

Religion
Motorists
Doctors
Medicine
Words
Parents
Adults
Friends
Lovers
Airplanes
Boats
Children
Mascots
Restaurant kitchens
Clowns
Amusement Park Rides
Teachers.
Corporations

Governments
Magistrates

Laws.

MLK was reported as saying once: "Never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany, under his reign, was lawful."

And France was complicit in German Law during the 1930’s and 1940’s.
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Marc
Absolutely Modiano's best work
You can read this small book (140 pages) in a couple of hours, and you can summarize the content in a few sentences. But I've learned you have to be cautious with Modiano. His seemingly simple stories, written in a very smooth style, hide a great complexity and the intensity of the stories can be quite heavy.

In this book for instance there's the story of Dora Bruder, a jewish girl of 15, living in the Paris of 1941, during the occupation by the nazis. She's revolti
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Roger Brunyate
The Known and the Unknown

I really wanted to quote the final paragraph of Modiano's novel, which is infinitely more moving in its simplicity than anything that comes before. But I will desist, and leave it for the reader to discover—not because it gives away secrets, but because it does the opposite, preserving a secret for all time. It is the one gift he can offer to the tragic subject of his writing, a teenage Jewish girl living in Paris at the time of the German Occupation.

So failing that, let
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Dan
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dora Bruder is an essential work in Patrick Modiano’s canon: part reminiscence, part reflection, part historical reconstruction of an all but forgotten life.

Born in 1926 and killed in 1942, if Dora Bruder were alive today, she would be 92 years of age. We can easily imagine her as a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and even a great-great-grandmother, in short a weary but perhaps triumphant survivor.

Modiano applies his wondrous talents to portraying the horrors of the French occupation a
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Jay
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1) It is not easy to describe such a work. It lends itself to being read slowly and quietly in one-sitting, and then ideally many times over the course of one's life, alongside the author's other works. I think it is one of those writings which gains immense power over time. This is a complex evocation of the terrible time-lost Occupation as the narrator, Modiano, drifts from this Paris street to that one, from one building that is now demolished to a house where a childhood acquaintance once st ...more
Lisa
Nov 22, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dora Bruder, a Jewish teenager, runs away from a French convent school as the government is clamping down on the Jewish population. The author learns about this incident from an old newspaper advertisement and tries to learn what he can about Bruder and her family. In the process, he recalls his own memories of her Paris neighborhood.

Much of the book is a discourse on how little he can learn about Dora and what he must surmise. The narrative is disjointed and emotional, and I think Sebald handl
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Alma
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Ever since, the Paris wherein I have tried to retrace her steps has remained as silent and deserted as it was on that day. I walk through empty streets. For me, they are always empty, even at dusk, during the rush hour, when the crowds are hurrying towards the mouths of the métro. I think of her in spite of myself, sensing an echo of her presence in this neighborhood or that.”

“Perhaps it was one of those mild, sunny winter days when you have a feeling of holiday and eternity-the illusory feelin
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Jim
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, biography, france
I continue to be impressed by the work of French writer Patrick Modiano. In consequence, I am seeking out any translations into English that I can find. I had a particular problem with his Dora Bruder. Because of the coronavirus, the L.A. Central Library is closed, but one could reserve books and pick them up at the front entrance. Twice I asked for Dora Bruder, but each time I got the Gallimard paperback edition in French. Finally, I downloaded it on Kindle and read an excellent English transla ...more
Gautam
Modiano quoted Jean Genet in the book: the roots of Parisian slang lie in it’s sad tenderness. That phrase struck me cold-Sad tenderness. The immediate feeling that besieged me as I was reading this book had been something akin to this sad tenderness. A very unusual book. Minimalistic. The harrowing spiral of obsession with people whose lives had been snatched away by the holocaust; the memories, the lives, the houses, the streets where they promenaded before the war, the love stories, the norma ...more
Jigar Brahmbhatt
"Missing, a young girl, Dora Bruder, age 15, height 1.55 m, oval-shaped face, grey-brown eyes, grey sports jacket, maroon pullover, navy-blue skirt and hat, brown gym shoes. Address all information to M. and Mme Bruder, 41 Boulevard Ornano, Paris."

The above was printed in "Paris Soir" dated 31 December 1941. What catches Modiano's interest are the finer details - say, her height was 1.55 m. No more no less. He embarks on a search that lasts longer than a decade, is interjected by other crucial e
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Friederike Knabe
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: european-lit
Under the heading "From Yesterday to Today" in a Paris newspaper a brief notice concerning a missing fifteen year old Jewish girl attracts the narrator's attention. Why is he interested in the case of the missing girl? The notice is from December 1941 at the time of the German Occupation of Paris and parts of France. The girl's name is Dora Bruder. Written in the first person, the author is drawing us into the story, almost despite ourselves. Something has triggered the narrator's memory. He is ...more
Danica
While Modiano has done excellent work dealing with Occupied France, this fell short. He had the nerve to draw parallels between his parents separation and Dora Bruder's fugue. Dora Bruder and her father died in a concentration camp, Modiano's dad had him arrested after Modiano threw a hissy fit. In the end the only information we know about Dora concerns the dates of her birth, death, escape, and capture. We can only do so much with that. ...more
Jill Meyer
"Dora Bruder", by French author Patrick Modiano, is not a novel, though some reviews and articles refer to it as a novel. It's a true story, written in meandering form, about a 15 year old Jewish girl who is a victim of the Holocaust. This book was written in the 1990'a and all the dates referred to as "50 years ago" or so, are from Modiano's search, begun in 1988. Modiano is able to track down surviving relatives of the Brudners and he includes several pictures of Dora and her parents. We see t ...more
Smitha Murthy
I am a bit confused. A short novella like this (is that a tautology?) but my confusion is longer than the book. Patrick Modiano is, of course, a Nobel-Prize winner. This was my first read of Modiano and he has been compared to Proust in the dreamlike imagery and flow of language.

That is very much evident in the 'The Search Warrant.' Noticing an ad in a paper of a missing girl, the narrator embarks on a search for the girl's fate during the Second World War in occupied-Paris. Memories intervene
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Leajk
So I've been reading up on Patrick Modiano since he won the Nobel Prize yesterday. Essentially I've been trying to decide if he's worth reading or not and kept seeing things about this Dora Bruder book so I thought I should check it out on here Goodreads. Here I am and the second I read the description of the French version it all clicked! I've read this book before!

Or at least large parts of it during French classes in high school, and oh how I hated it! I remember being thoroughly confused as
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Jonathan Widell
A book about the disappearance of a Jewish teenager, Dora Bruder, and her parents, in Paris during the Second World War. It records the author's "search" for any trace of her. The (implied) author is also the narrator and becomes a character in his own story as he becomes engrossed in searching for hers.

The book is a very Parisian experience. Modiano says he is able to trace back the addresses where the family had lived. However, he continues: "And such topographical precision contrasts with wh
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Meguid El
typical Modiano book....searching for somebody's past...his...????
can be tedious at times...
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Marina
Feb 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
It's well written book, but depressing as hell. ...more
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Patrick Modiano is a French-language author and playwright and winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature.

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

Modiano's parents met in occupied Paris during World War II and began a clandestine relationship. Modiano's childhood took place in a unique atmospher
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“In writing this book, I send out signals, like a lighthouse beacon in whose power to illuminate the darkness, alas, I have no faith. But I live in hope.” 15 likes
“Ever since, the Paris wherein I have tried to retrace her steps has remained as silent and deserted as it was on that day. I walk through empty streets. For me, they are always empty, even at dusk, during the rush hour, when the crowds are hurrying towards the mouths of the métro. I think of her in spite of myself, sensing an echo of her presence in this neighborhood or that.” 10 likes
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