Patrick Modiano

It’s nice to know that someone has been there before -- and made some lasting art from it to boot.
Ever since I read Villa Triste in my late teens, I have been captivated by Patrick Modiano's forays into the shadowy atmosphere of ravaged memories that make up his novels. I am far from alone, since Modiano is somewhat of a cult figure in France, read by thousands.
To me, Patrick Modiano is the writer that represents literature in its finest expression, detached from trends, ideologies, and conformism. And he so admirably weaves this independent spirit into the story of a house adapted from his roots.
Dans Le Café de la Jeunesse Perdue (In The Cafe of Lost Youth) 2007 When you really love someone, you must accept their part