A pure original. . . .You don't read Modiano for answers. You read each Modiano novel for its place in a giant sequence: a new restatement of a single unsolvable crime
A constant feeling of being in transit during a disastrous childhood and a wasted adolescence is certainly fairly common. But Modiano's strength lies in refusing to give his experience a literary slant; by not trying to explain or understand his father, or justify his mother, or even interpret his own reactions. This is what makes this book so unsettling and important.
Patrick Mondiano has managed to create a literary legacy that is both composed and remarkable, and PEDIGREE is its magnificent, poignant emblem.
Modiano is the poet of the Occupation and a spokesman for the disappeared
As tantalising as [Modiano's] other novels ... Pedigree raises questions even as it answers them