Patrick Modiano, the author of more than twenty 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 thirty years to a time
when, having abandoned his studies and selling off old art books to get
by, he comes to know Gérard 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 fifteen
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.