Paris, Anos 60 No Caf Cond Re Nem Se Poetas Malditos, Futuros Situacionistas E Estudantes Nostalgia Que Impregna Aquelas Paredes Junta Se Um Enigma Personificado Numa Mulher Todas As Personagens E Hist Rias Confluem Na Misteriosa Louki Quatro Homens Contam Nos Os Seus Encontros E Desencontros Com A Filha De Uma Empregada Do Molin Rouge Para Quase Todos Eles, Ela Encarna O Inalcan Vel Objecto De Desejo Louki, Tal Como Todos Os Bo Mios Que Vagueiam Por Uma Paris Espectral, Uma Personagem Sem Ra Zes, Que Inventa Identidades E Luta Por Construir Um Presente Perp Tuo Modiano Recria Em Redor Da Fascinante E Comovente Personagem Desta Mulher A Paris Da Sua Juventude, Enquanto Constr I Um Maravilhoso Romance Sobre O Poder Da Mem Ria E A Busca Da Identidade.
There were two entrances to the caf , but she always opted for the narrower one hidden in the shadowsParis, 1950s We re inside a caf called Cond Bohemian youth and some older men form the crowd of this Cond , where our central character walks in She s a young lady, mysterious, elegant and awkwardly quiet in her ways The regulars at the caf call her Louki, but no one apparently knows her real name.Where did Louki come from What was her past like What is with this enigma surrounding her It appears that no one really knows In the Caf of Lost Youth is a glimpse into post war France, when celebrations and parties are galore Bohemians come up with fresh perspectives and ideologies to define the new times We walk among drunks, shady detectives, gangsters and junkies We drift from alley to alley, walking along the streets of a Paris long lost in time The story constantly reminds us of the cruel hand time plays to our urban souvenirs Caf s and apartments lost in time, replaced by new shops and labels without a trace from their past An ephemera of urban existence.The story is told from the perspectives of four different narrators, each of them with their own degree of mystery Louki is one of the narrators, recounting chapters of her past with a certain vagueness that leaves that continues the foggy train of thought of the novel.
In this life that sometimes seems to be a vast, ill defined landscape without signposts, amid all of the
She had known right from the outset that things would turn out badly for us Young, disaffected students along with the failed and weary are the patrons of the cafe Cond collectively known as the lost Youth, gathering throughout day and night to pass time.War is over, there is a new calm throughout Paris, but meaning has been drained from life, and lost souls seem to be in every direction But then there s Louki to provide a pick me up, young, elegant, mysterious and heavenly quiet Who is she , where does she come from who s the brown haired guy in the suede jacket With a minor obsession a small number of the Cond crowd look back on the past with bittersweet sadness around the time she entered their lives, touched in one way or another little does Louki realise just the effect she had on this band of patrons Louki s identity, always hazy, takes clearer form as the slender narrative progresses towards a most tragic end Some of the entanglements feel like floating on air, whilst others have a deep and meaningful purpose Central to the novel is the
Set against the backdrop of the sixties in Paris, In the Caf of Lost Youth explores the idea of a safe haven for those who wander through the neutral zones of a city where past, present a future are disquietingly interconnected Bohemians, undergraduates, writers and philosophers find common ground in the Cond , a caf where the four narrators struggle to set straight their half remembered lives while navigating the turbulent waves of an elusive present But unlike Proust s recherche , time and memory can t be recaptured again, they disappear along with the list of names, set of addresses and Metro stations that try to give permanence to the passers by that populate this story In the end, we are felt to aimlessly roam the meandering streets of Paris, maybe lingering in its transitional zones, in the no man s lands that border on everyting and merge with nothing and leave us suspended in limbo, not knowing exactly where that feeling of emptiness has come from but blinded with the radiant light of a fleeting moment of happiness, of lost youth, ne
Paris in the 1950 s If I could choose a time travel destination, it might just be there and then The War was history, the city was beautiful, and a Bohemian lifestyle existed in a cafe culture that I would have loved to experience.That s the setting for this melancholic story by Modiano The story of Louki, the enigmatic young woman who is emotionally and spiritually lost She is constantly
This is my second experience of Patrick Modiano I read Dora Bruder a few years ago and to be honest didn t really enjoy it or quite get the point of it It has been chosen as a group read this month by the 21st Century Literature group.It is only a short book, and perhaps I made the mistake of reading it in several sessions over four days because other commitments meant my reading time was limited, so I feel I missed some of the resonances It is quite an elusive story what plot there is concerns a cafe in 1950s Paris called Le Cond popular with bohemian artists, and a mysterious young woman who the regulars there nickname Louki Louki, whose real name is Jacqueline Delanqu
At the halfway point of the journey making up real life, we were surrounded by a gloomy melancholy, one expressed by so very many derisive and sorrowful words in the cafe of lost youth With this epigraph by Guy Debord I feel ready to dig into my first mystery novel by Patrick Modiano and discover what is so special about his stories to merit a Nobel Prize in literatureThe central mystery of this slim yet multi layered novel is the eternal cherchez la femme the quest to unlock the mystery of the beautiful stranger nicknamed Louki, a quiet young woman who used to come to a small cafe near the Place de l Odeon in Paris She was taking refuge here, at the Conde , as if she were running from something, trying to escape some danger This thought came to me upon seeing her alone, all the way at the back where no one would notice her Louki s portrait is sketched by four narrators, each of them in his or her own way a drifter through life who seeks refuge among the friendly and slightly decadent atmos
This has been a very emotional trip to Paris, touching on so many levels.I picture myself walking the streets of Paris My then girlfriend was studying and working near the Opera, and I had too much spare time.It is morning, midday, afternoon, evening and night At all hours I am exploring, new streets and new quarters, going by the Metro to the last station on the line, some times walking back.I have seen all the characters who might have lost their youth, and those clinging hard to what s left of it.Stopping at a Tabac buying Le Parisien and exchanging the obligatory courtesies, sitting in Parc des Buttes Chaumont watching life pass by Taking in the facades of the buildings in the Quartier Tolbiac, almost expecting to bump into Nestor Burma when I turn the next corner.At that time I felt I could easily disappear into Paris I felt
Lots of things have been written about Modiano s little music , and once again it is his little music a certain way of writing, a unique way of creating a special atmosphere, etc that holds this novel together and makes its undeniable charms Not by any means Modiano s best book, it is nevertheless as delightful, dreamy, bitter sweet, vaguely melancholy and extremely nostalgic, as most of his novels are Nothing much happens, in this story about a mysterious young woman whose portrait emerges through the voices of different men, but, as usual with Modiano, what s important is what s untold and what the reader can sense in between the lines a world of lost youth, murky pasts, shadows from years gone by, feelings once felt and now slowly fading, memories Nobody depicts this elusive, in between world better than Modiano He may do that in each of his book
Dans Le Caf De la Jeunesse Perdue In the Caf of Lost Youth, Patrick ModianoIn the Caf of Lost Youth, is vintage Patrick Modiano, an absorbing evocation of a particular Paris of the 1950s, shadowy and shady, a secret world of writers, criminals, drinkers, and drifters The novel, inspired in part by the circle of the notorious and charismatic Guy Debord, centers on the enigmatic, waiflike figure of Louki, who catches everyone s attention even as she eludes possession or comprehension Through the eyes of four very different narrators, includ
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- Dans le café de la jeunesse perdue
- Patrick Modiano
- 03 November 2018 Patrick Modiano