La Place de l’Étoile

La Place de l toile Au mois de juin un officier allemand s avance vers un jeune homme et lui dit Pardon monsieur o se trouve la place de l Etoile Le jeune homme d signe le c t gauche de sa poitrine

  • Title: La Place de l’Étoile
  • Author: Patrick Modiano Vilius Litvinavičius
  • ISBN: 9780785928829
  • Page: 110
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Au mois de juin 1942, un officier allemand s avance vers un jeune homme et lui dit Pardon, monsieur, o se trouve la place de l Etoile Le jeune homme d signe le c t gauche de sa poitrine.

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    1. Roger Brunyate

      Hero of HallucinationLa Place de l’Étoilewas Modiano's first novel, but I would not recommend it first to the new reader. It is brilliant, but with that particularly French brilliance of a young intellectual writing to astound older intellectuals, punching his card as a member of the closed circle, yet turning their sacred shibboleths to his own profane ends. It is far removed in style from any of the other six short novels of his that I have read since Modiano won the Nobel Prize, books dist [...]

    2. Anders Hjortshøj

      A bizarre, bitingly sarcastic look at what it means to be a French Jew, delivered with a kaleidoscopic array of cultural and historical inputs. Most prominent among them are the German occupation, France's literary tradition and a series of Jewish "role models" that the main character alternately imitates fawningly and rejects in disgust. Chronology and plot are cast aside altogether, as the hero Schlemilovitch acts the playboy billionaire, the Third Reich's top Jew, the lycée bully, the sensit [...]

    3. Niamh

      Je n'ai pas du tout compris ce livre. Or maybe it just didn't understand me. Modiano, quand il était jeune, était encore plus bizarre que Modiano l'adulte.

    4. Pequete

      Não gostei nada deste livro. Em parte julgo que a culpa foi minha, porque a história está cheia de alusões à literatura e história de França, a maior parte das quais me passaram ao lado. Mas outra parte deveu-se ao desenrolar da história, que começou de forma mais ou menos normal - trata-se de uma de auto-biografia do personagem principal, um jovem judeu vivendo em França na época da segunda Grande Guerra - mas que depois se foi tornando cada vez mais bizarra e inverosímil, até acab [...]

    5. Kelsey

      Prior to this, I had not read any books by Modiano. I knew that he has a preoccupation with the Vichy past of France, and I was expecting a dark meditation on that period. Instead, I was confronted with a strangely humorous (though still dark) text set decades after the war, following a young Jewish man and his fantasies, which include reimagining himself as a Nazi collaborator (even as the lover of Eva Braun). Schlemilovich inhabits anti-Semitic stereotypes in a way that allows the author to la [...]

    6. Isabelle

      This is one of the great books of my life, written by Patrick Modiano when he was barely 20, his first book. This is a quest of identity through being Jewish, or actually not quite so Jewish. The narrator Rafael goes through a hallucinatory journey within himself but also with the who's who of Jewish culture, Freud and Eva Braun, for instance. I experienced this book like a punch in the stomach. I felt so relieved that someone out there could put into words the sort of confusion I felt about bei [...]

    7. Jonathan Widell

      The book displays, and demands, a tremendous knowledge of historical events and persons which one may or may not look up somewhere if one is not fortunate enough to be already familiar with them. A story of different Jews at different times in modern history under different circumstances and tied together with the psychoanalysis done under someone who is taken for Sigmund Freud. Where is the aesthetics though? At no point was the book an engrossing or even enjoyable experience.

    8. Jean-charles

      Modiano a écrit ce premier roman à vingt ans. Son narrateur halluciné, Raphaël Schlemilovitch est un Juif français antisémite dont les errances logorrhéiques sont ponctuées de tirades outrées et burlesques. Schlemiel signifie maladroit en yiddish, c'est aussi sous la plume d'Eric Berne le nom d'un « jeu » en analyse transactionnelle, le schlemiel occasionnant des désagréments et se retranchant toujours derrière sa maladresse, sauf-conduit social. Schlemilovitch est un Juif antisém [...]

    9. Victor Morosoff

      Je t'ai recherché un peu partout, mon vieux. J'avoue, ce n'est pas dans ce livre que je t'ai trouvé. Même si, oui, je perçois ton devenir par bribes. Tiens, par exemple: "Le beau Potzleindorfer Park, là, tout près, la verdure et les allées ensoleillées" Nul doute, ça c'est toi. Ta nostalgie.Mais il faut que je le dise, je te préfère en ombre errante, en badaud insouciant, en silhouette qui regarde la rue et le mystère sans trop y croire, portée quand même par la plus intense fascin [...]

    10. Guillaume Narbonne

      The unreliable narrator device is pushed to its limits in this rich book by Modiano, his first one and in which we can already see him articulate, albeit awkwardly, the themes that will recur in his later novels. The story of Raphaël Schlemilovitch is the story of a Jew through the turmoil of the 20th century, with a heavy focus on WW2. The hero and narrator (most of the time) lives multiple lives in one, experiencing neurosis after neurosis while getting close to some of the most infamous figu [...]

    11. Kenneth Shersley

      If I'd had a clue what was going for much of the time, I'd have given four stars. But I didn't. Not that this is necessarily a fault with the book, which, if I've got the right end of the stick has a lot to do with the disorientation and duplicity imposed on ordinary people by the perverse conditions of war - in this case WW2. Deception, disguise, role-playing - secret police, secret resistance movements, secret secret secret. Brilliantly written, a remarkable achievement for a 22 year-old.

    12. Greta

      Modiano's first novel, La Place de l'Etoile, is not like any of his later stories except that they all make a connection to Paris. This story has several different topics, including the Nazi Occupation of Paris and French literature written by those who are "French Jews".

    13. Jutta Ortlepp

      Wild, provokant, assoziativ - Modianos Erstling war bei Erscheinen (1968) eine Sensation. Ich habe das Buch als eine Art Entwicklungsroman gelesen (----> Kap. III "In der Normandie werde ich meine Erziehung der Gefühle beenden"): Kapitel 1 Kindheit, Kapitel 2 Schule, Kapitel 3 Lehr- und Wanderjahre, Kapitel 4 Erwachsener. Dabei geht es ohne stringente Handlung um den "ewigen Juden", um das von Nazis besetzte Frankreich und um die vermeintliche Zuflucht Israel (hier als die Intelligenzia vera [...]

    14. Christy

      This is a disturbing book! The sooner you realize the narrator is totally off his rocker the better it will go for you. He hates himself, but he hates who he becomes when he denies himself too. He wanders thru time and place, disconnected from everything. Not even the supposed homeland set up for him will accept him. He thinks he is at his best when he collaborates with his worst enemies, even though in his mad ramblings they kill him over and over. The end result is very murky, the author never [...]

    15. ℳatthieu

      Premier roman de l'auteur (qu'il écrivit à seulement 22 ans), et découverte de Modiano pour ma part.Biographie et hallucinations d'un certain Raphaël Schlemilovitch, né après la seconde guerre mondiale. Aventures et fictions d'un juif antisémite, collabo, proxénète Suite de discours allégoriques, diffus, parfois difficile d’appréhender (pourquoi certaines narrations sont à la troisième personne?). C'est assez cynique et torturé, comme des tableaux de Soutine.La lecture est néanm [...]

    16. Elke Koepping

      Ich konnte damit nichts anfangen und habe nach der Hälfte des Buches das Handtuch geworfen. Die literarischen Anspielungen sind derart zahlreich und deutlich Referenzen der Entstehungszeit in den 60er Jahren, so dass sie für mich nicht zu entschlüsseln sind. Interessant ist, dass man das Buch im Prinzip schon als sehr frühe Form des literarischen Samplings, des Remixings ansehen kann und dass es dadurch formal hochmodern erscheint. Ich werde dennoch versuchen, ein jüngeres Werk von Modiano [...]

    17. Otto Dandenell

      It was a bit har to come to grips with the self-hating-jew / antisemitism theme and a lot is left for the reader's interpretation. The name dropping of endless french names with contemporary cultural significance got a bit tedious. But the fragmentation of identity and linear time added some spice and it was an interesting read in the end.

    18. Philippe Malzieu

      It is the first Modiano's book I read. It's not the one I prefere. We find all the recurrent themes which will haunt its books: Schoah, Nazism, identity, filiation It is magnificiently well written, Paris ever was so beautiful, but that does not function for me. Sorry.

    19. Johanna

      I didn't find this an enjoying read. To me it was strange and off-putting. I also felt that it requires a good deal of literary and historical knowledge of France and Jewish figures throughout history.

    20. Anne Flore

      Lecture difficile,sûrement pas assez de connaissances de l'époque pour apprécier pleinement l'ensemble!

    21. Martin Rundkvist

      This kaleidoscopic and farcical treatment of Jewishness and Frenchness largely went over my head. I recognised very few of the hundreds of names dropped.

    22. André

      A book full of anger and energy. Wonderful. 23 year old Modiano showed his potential as future Nobel Laureate already.

    23. Bertport

      Au mois de Juin 1942, un officier allemand s'avance vers un jeune homme et lui dit: "Pardon, monsieur, ou se trouve la place de l'Étoile?" Le jeune homme designe le cote gauche de sa poitrine.With this epigram at the beginning of the book, Modiano signals the double entendre of the title, and also themes of collaboration, ambiguity, and anonymity. It also gives us a fairly specific time and place. But then Chapitre I starts in a different place and time, without telling us immediately. "It was [...]

    24. Cherch

      Innumerables elogios encuentro para esta novela escrita por el ahora Nobel francés, Patrick Modiano. Sin embargo, me resulta incomprensible que se elogie un trabajo que adolece con tanta insistencia de los problemas más recurrentes de los novelistas "jóvenes". Enumero:1. Obsesión por autovalidarse: no hay una sola página del texto en el que Modiano no aplique el tedioso "name dropping" de miríadas de personajes franceses (históricos y ficcionados) para validarse ante el lector como un aut [...]

    25. Wayne Bancroft

      When I read about this book, I saw more than once the word hallucinatory. Yep. Apt description. The bending of time throughout the book was not a problem for me. In some aspects of my life I insist on linear, logical progressions. I do this in goal-oriented situations. Reading does not adhere to linear thought processes nor does it demand logical progressions. Because of that, I allow talented authors like Patrick Modiano to create worlds to fit their own purpose.As best as I can gather, Modiano [...]

    26. José Manuel

      Extraña novela, primera parte de la "Trilogía de la Ocupación"; así, Ocupación con mayúscula, la época en que Francia fue tomada y administrada por el ejército de la Alemania Nazi con la complicidad del gobierno títere francés.Una época oscura y sucia de la historia de Francia. Se han magnificado las acciones de la resistencia mientras que se obviaba la incomodidad del hecho de que muchos franceses colaboraron activamente con los nazis.Modiano, hijo de un judío colaborador de la Gest [...]

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