In this essential trilogy of novellas by the winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature, French author Patrick Modiano reaches back in time, opening the corridors of memory and exploring the mysteries to be encountered there. Each novella in the volumeAfterimage, Suspended Sentences, and Flowers of Ruinrepresents a sterling example of the authors originality and appeal, while Mark Polizzottis superb English-language translations capture not only Modianos distinctive narrative voice but also the matchless grace and spare beauty of his prose. Although originally published separately, Modianos three novellas form a single, compelling whole, haunted by the same gauzy sense of place and characters. Modiano draws on his own experiences, blended with the real or invented stories of others, to present a dreamlike autobiography that is also the biography of a place. Orphaned children, mysterious parents, forgotten friends, enigmatic strangersall appear in this three-part love song to a Paris that no longer exists. Shadowed by the dark period of the Nazi Occupation, these novellas reveal Modianos fascination with the lost, obscure, or mysterious: a young persons confusion over adult behavior; the repercussions of a chance encounter; the search for a missing father; the aftershock of a fatal affair. To read Modianos trilogy is to enter his world of uncertainties and the almost accidental way in which people find their fates.