He won “for his art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and unveiled the life-world of the occupation.”
Catherine Certitude is one of those parenthetical stories that starts with the narrator as an adult remembering childhood and closes with one reflection that ties it all together. Many elements that recur in Modiano’s books are found in miniature here, too:
So Catherine Certitude is a distillation of all of Patrick Modiano’s great themes in a beautiful, deftly written children’s story.
I think it would make a great read-aloud for girls around age 8-10 who are interested in ballet, in France, or in father-daughter stories. There are many nuances which the older reader will have to interpret for the younger.
In order to slow down my frenetic book-eating, I'm writing reviews of the books I read to better digest them. Bon appétit!