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La Petite Bijou

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Quand j'avais sept ans, on m'appelait la Petite Bijou. " Il a souri. Il trouvait certainement cela charmant et tendre pour une petite fille. Lui aussi, j'en étais sûre, sa maman lui avait donné un surnom qu'elle lui murmurait à l'oreille, le soir, avant de l'embrasser. Patoche. Pinky. Poulou.
" Ce n'est pas ce que vous croyez, lui ai-je dit. Moi, c'était mon nom d'artiste.
Paperback, 168 pages
Published November 1st 2002 by Gallimard Education (first published 2001)
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Robin
A deliciously foggy dreamscape of a book.

This was my first experience reading Modiano, French author and the 2014 winner of the Nobel Prize for literature. I could tell at once I was reading a master - a writer who can create an atmosphere that draws the reader in with ease.

The book is about Thérèse, a young woman in Paris, who is often wandering, lost in the tangle of her memories and thoughts, lost in the past. In fact, she is barely present in the world, is almost slipping completely away f
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Reckoner
''Το χαμένο πράγμα δε θα ξαναβρεθεί ποτέ''

''Το προάστιο της ζωής δεν προσφέρει κατα κανόνα στους κατοίκους του τις ευκολίες στις οποίες είναι συνηθισμένοι αυτοί που μένουν στο κέντρο των μεγάλων πόλεων''

''Έτσι θα προσπαθήσουμε να δούμε πιο καθαρά''

''Για τελευταία φορά, ήθελα να μαζέψω κάποιες ισχνές αναμνήσεις, να ξαναβρώ τα ίχνη της παιδικής μου ηλικίας, σαν το ταξιδιώτη που θα φυλάει στην τσέπη του ως το τέλος μια παλιά ληγμένη ταυτότητα''

Ένας συγκροτημένος, εσωτερικός εφιάλτης μιας νεαρής κοπ
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S©aP
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Le ragioni per cui amare Modiano (o - al contrario - per non amarlo) sono tutte presenti in questo piccolo romanzo. La vicenda è animata da un frammento di memoria importante, precedentemente rimosso, che si riaccende grazie a una coincidenza fortuita. A detto ricordo si allude nel corso di tutta la narrazione, tuttavia sfiorandolo, affinché non torni a divorare l'anima. Ciò fa sì che il relativo-presente (gli avvenimenti che sorreggono la vicenda) sia velato di inquietudine, e che tale resti fi ...more
Sorayya Khan
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Little Jewel is my introduction to Patrick Modiano, and I wish I'd come to him earlier. The novel is a map of loss, from the shards of a young woman's memories to the Paris neighborhoods to which they are connected. The novel is short and spare, the language crystal clear. The language is in striking contrast to the young woman, Little Jewel, who lives not so much in the present, but in the connections she is trying to establish between her memories and the world around her. She sees a woman in ...more
Parastoo Ashtian
«یک چیز هست که نمیتوانم بفهمم. چرا مادرتان برای رفتن به مراکش شما را رها کرد؟»
چقدر عجیب بود که کسی از شما همان پرسشی را بکند که شما پیش از آن یگانه کسی بودید که برای خود طرح میکردید... در خانهی فوسو مبرون، گاه متوجه بخشهایی از گفت و گوی فردریک با دوستانش میشدم. گمان میکردند که حرفهایشان را نمی شنوم یا کمسالتر از آنم که آنها را دریابم. واژهها در ذهنم حک شده بودند - به خصوص حرفهای موخرمایی، همان که مادرم را در آغاز کارش شناخته بود و از او خوشش نمیآمد. یک روز گفته بود: «خوشبختانه سونیا پاریس را به
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Daniel
May 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french
Ce court roman s'agit des sujets typiques de Modiano: la mémoire, les souvenirs, la réalité, les mensonges, et l'oubli. Un jour au métro, Thérèse voit une femme au manteau jaune qui physiquement lui rappelle sa mère. Mais Thérèse croyait sa mère morte au Maroc depuis des années. Ce croisement hasard lui mène sur une route de souvenirs brumeux de son passé. Son obsession avec la femme au manteau jaune et la distinction entre le vrai et le faux dehors les episodes de son enfance lui laisse dans un ...more
Sophie
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Έτσι, θα προσπαθήσουμε να δούμε πιο καθαρά.
Ανέκαθεν στα βιβλία Γάλλων συγγραφέων ψάχνω την αίσθηση, τη μαγεία του παλιού γαλλικού κινηματογράφου, των ταινιών του Godard, του Rivette, του Chabrol.
Πρόκειται για ένα noir, με τη στενότερη έννοια του όρου, για μια αναζήτηση, μια επιβεβαίωση της ταυτότητας, της ύπαρξης.
Μελαγχολικό, απαισιόδοξο έργο, αφήνει τον αναγνώστη σε αδιέξοδο, σε ευρύτερο προβληματισμό και στοχασμό.
Οι χρόνοι περιπλέκονται, οι τόποι επαναλαμβάνονται, το σύνολο των εμπειριών και
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arcobaleno
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Qualcuno suonava uno strumento a percussione.
Dopo le prime battute frastornanti, durante le quali non capivo dove le note mi portassero, ho trovato un equilibrio di ascolto. Non dovevo fermarmi sui personaggi, cercarne caratteristiche, chiedere precisazioni, ma dovevo entrare nell'ambiente, lasciarmi avvolgere dalla nebbia, trasportare dal vortice. Con una scrittura veloce, a periodi brevi, Modiano permette di rimanere sospesi tra realtà e sogno, memoria e immaginazione, tormenti e solitudini;
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Gill
Jul 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
'Little Jewel ' by Patrick Modiano (originally published 2001)

3.5 stars, 7 out of 10

I have previously read The Night Watch (originally published 1969) and Ring Roads (originally published 1972), both with a different translator from 'Little Jewel'. I have also seen the film Lucien Lacombe (1974), for which Modiano collaborated with Louis Malle on the screen play.

I read 'Little Jewel' because I was interested to see how Modiano's writing has developed.
This translation into English of 'Little Jew
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Siti
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: letto
Parigi. Thérèse è alla stazione Chatelet e la sua vita scorre incessante come il tapis roulant che trasporta i parigini per le quattro direttrici della città. Un cappotto giallo, quello di una donna sconosciuta, e il suo viso, incredibilmente uguale a quello della madre , cambiano il corso della sua esistenza che pare mettersi in faticosa marcia solo ora, quando sono ormai dodici anni che nessuno la chiama più Bijou. Decide di seguirla e di riannodare i nodi del passato col pesante presente.
Modi
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Debbie Robson
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit I’m obsessed by Patrick Modiano. Like Modiano, I believe memory and identity are everything and the author has made both themes his playground; he is the master of both - studying the elusive nature of memory and what the lack of a concrete identity can do to a person. Many of his characters have gaps in their past, strange incidents they can’t fully recall, a parent who disappears for long stretches of time or acquaintances that don’t reveal their real names.
In Little Jewell hi
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Claudiu D.
Anul acesta am citit mai multe (micro)romane de Patrick Modiano. Mai am inca unul pe lista si cred ca am ajuns la saturatie.
La fel ca in mai toate romanele sale (cele pe care le-am citit, desigur), personajele sale sunt intr-o continua cautare a identitatii, intr-un timp nedefinit. Numele personajelor si alte detalii sunt, oricum, irelevante. Daca timpul este nedefinit, spatiul este marcat cu precizia Google Maps.
Modiano imi face impresia unui autor cu o singura tema repetata si ras-repetata.
Josh
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, 2016
These are a few phrases that come to mind when reading Modiano: poetic dullness, mysterious overtones, sad undertones and unfulfilled storyline.

I've tried, but I can't connect with his writing. The disconnect, after two novellas, is more than enough to make me not want to read him again.

Thank you to Goodreads and Yale University Press for giving this to me for an honest review.

This relationship ends here, Patrick. It's you, not me.
George K.
Sep 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 21st-century
Αυτό το μικρό και ωραίο βιβλιαράκι είναι η πρώτη μου επαφή με το έργο του Πατρίκ Μοντιανό, βραβευμένου με Νόμπελ Λογοτεχνίας το 2014. Πρόκειται για ένα χαμηλών τόνων και μελαγχολικό νουάρ, έτσι όπως μόνο οι Γάλλοι μπορούν να γράψουν (εκτός, ίσως, από κάποιες εξαιρέσεις).

Πρωταγωνίστρια είναι μια νεαρή κοπέλα με ελαττωματική μνήμη, που τριγυρίζοντας στα βουλεβάρτα και τα πάρκα, τους σταθμούς του μετρό και τα διάφορα "καφέ" του Παρισιού, προσπαθεί να ανασυνθέσει τα παιδικά της χρόνια, να εντοπίσει
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Natalie
Jan 30, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
Teško djetinjstvo, bez pružene ljubavi, dovede upravo do ovako izgubljene odrasle osobe.
Maxym Karpovets
Apr 30, 2011 rated it liked it
I am nothing. Nothing but a pale shape, silhouetted that evening against the café terrace, waiting for the rain to stop.
P.Modiano. Missing Person


It was my second meeting with Patrcik Modiano. I clearly remember his sixth novel Rue des Boutiques Obscures which was written in 1978 (he was awarded with by the Prix Goncourt). In that text Modiano had developed his main theme of memory and he continued that in La Petite Bijou.

You could call it poetic prose or metaphysical detective or anything you
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Γιώργος
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ο τρόπος γραφής του Μοντιανό είναι τόσο απίστευτος που τον λατρεύεις από την πρώτη λέξη. Η μνήμη-λήθη και η χαμένη ταυτότητα, η απουσία του πατέρα είναι ξανά τα θέματα με τα οποία ασχολείται ο Μοντιανό και στο La Petite Bijou και το κάνει με εξαιρετικό τρόπο. Μελαγχολία, Παρίσι, το μετρό του Παρισίου, το Δάσος της Βουλόνης, ήρωες χαμένοι στις ζωές τους και τις μνήμες τους, προσπάθεια της ηρωίδας να θυμηθεί με πολλές διακοπτόμενες αναμνήσεις που προκύπτουν χωρίς καμία προειδοποίηση και μπερδεύουν ...more
Rebecka
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Weird, but very good! There are at least three different stories of interestt here, and they're all just left hanging, which is both intriguing and a bit frustrating.
Susanna
Oct 29, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Inget för mig. Jag orkar inte förstå det här. Ung tjej går omkring och ältar sitt förflutna och en massa adresser i Paris rabblas. Hepp.
رانيا محيو الخليلي
"La petite bijou" signale ma première rencontre avec Patrick Modiano. Ce roman raconte les hallucinations de "la petite bijou" à la recherche d'une enfance perdue. Elle rencontre à la station de métro de Châtelet une femme qui portait un manteau jaune, en contemplant son visage elle remarque une grande ressemblance avec celui de sa mère, morte il y a longtemps au Maroc. Thérèse ou "la petite bijou " s' engage à la poursuite de cette femme au manteau Jaune qui va avoir d'autres surnoms ensuite co ...more
MariannaInAfrica
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooki-po-polsku
Patrick Modiano kojarzył mi się do niedawna tylko z duetem z ilustratorem Sempé (tego od Mikołajka), w wyniku którego powstała "Katarzynka" - książeczka, którą czytałam w dzieciństwie kilka razy i bardzo lubiłam. Nobel dla autora uświadomił mi, że to bardzo szanowany pisarz ze sporym dorobkiem, którego zupełnie nie znam. Zaczęłam więc przygodę z Modiano od "Perełki" i nie zawiodłam się. Jest to bardzo intrygująca historia młodej kobiety, która próbuje poskładać w całość fragmenty swojego życia, ...more
Mathilde Minà
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una perla, approfondirò sicuramente questo autore.
Sini
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Toen Modiano in 2014 de Nobelprijs won kon ik een jubeljuich niet onderdrukken, want ik ben totaal verslaafd aan die man en heb zo'n beetje alles van hem gelezen, vaak meerdere keren. Hij heeft veel boeken geschreven, allemaal zo'n 150 bladzijden dik, en allemaal zwaar doordesemd van weemoed, vergeefs verlangen, kwellend mistig verleden en droefheid om wat nooit is geweest. Modiano-personages lopen als schimmen met onvaste identiteit door een wereld waarin zij niet thuishoren, en mijmeren vertwi ...more
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Bookaholic
Și acum, să ne întoarcem și să ne facem puțin de cap cu Micuța Bijou, prima carte pe care am citit-o după În cafeneaua tinereții pierdute. Spre deosebire de În cafeneaua…, care are patru naratori care încearcă să reconstituiască, din patru unghiuri, o parte din povestea lui Jacqueline Delanque, numită Louki de cercul boemilor de la cafeneaua Condé, Micuța Bijou are un singur narator, la persoana I singular. Numele protagonistei se confundă, așadar, cu naratorul: Thérèse, o tânără de nouăsprezece ...more
Razvan Zamfirescu
Mehdi
Aug 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Un court roman qui se laisse lire. Les themes sont du Modiano classique: la memoire, le souvenir, le passe, et bien sur Paris. Le style est limpide et fluide, sans pretention. Peut-etre trop limpide d'ailleurs: la prose n'arrive pas a nous envouter, et le personnage de Therese nous reste etranger. Une lecture plaisante, mais qui ne changera pas votre vie.

Elena
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Непростая тема потерянного ребенка в красивой, поэтической обстановке Парижа.
Мутные воспоминания, прерванные поиски, неначатая жизнь.
Обязательно продолжу знакомство с Патриком Модиано
Roberta
Jan 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france, 2015
La cosa perduta non si ritroverà mai più.

Non conoscevo Modiano fino a quando non ha vinto il Nobel per la letteratura, e mi sono incuriosita. Non so che posto spetti a questo Bijoux nel corpus della sua produzione, io cercavo qualcosa di breve per approcciarmi all'autore.

E' evidente che Modiano tiene molto al tema della memoria, del passato, dei ricordi - e di conseguenza, al tema dell'identità. Con il passato dobbiamo fare i conti, volenti o nolenti. Therese (a suo tempo nota come Bijoux, anche
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Charlotte Netzler
Vacker melankolisk bok jag förälskade mig i direkt. Till skillnad från förra årets nobelpristagare Munro är jag mer fascinerad och trollbunden av Modianos skrivande. Jag faller för hans mystiska beskrivningar av sökandet efter det framtida i det förflutna och fastnar vid frågan om hur barndomen präglar oss (en hjärtefråga). En scen spelas ofta upp ur en annan scen, där karaktärer som inte befinner sig i nuet och platser som tycks vara glömda av alla utom "det lilla smycket" får vara med i en int ...more
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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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