Author(s): Patrick Modiano
Patrick Modiano, the author of more than 20 books, is one of France's most admired contemporary novelists. Out of the Dark is a moody, expertly rendered tale of a love affair between two drifters. The narrator, writing in 1995, looks back 30 years to a time when, having abandoned his studies and selling off old art books to get by, he comes to know Girard Van Bever and Jacqueline, a young, enigmatic couple who seem to live off roulette winnings. He falls in love with Jacqueline; they run off to England together, where they share a few sad, aimless months, until one day she disappears. Fifteen years later, in Paris, they meet again, a reunion that only recalls the haunting inaccessibility of the past: they spend a few hours together, and the next day, Jacqueline, now married, disappears once again. Almost 15 years after that, he sees her yet again, this time from a distance he chooses not to bridge. A profoundly affecting novel, "Out of the Dark" is poignant, strange, delicate, melancholy, and sadly hilarious. Jordan Stump is an assistant professor of French at the University of Nebraska.
Jordan Stump is a professor of French at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is the translator of numerous novels by Marie Redonnet, Eric Chevillard, Christian Oster, Lutz Bassmann, and Antoine Volodine, many of which are available from the University of Nebraska Press. His translation of Claude Simon's "The Jardin des Plantes" was awarded the French-American Foundation's translation prize and he was named Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He is also the author of "The Other Book: Bewilderments of Fiction" (Nebraska, 2011).