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  • Published: 15 January 2010
  • ISBN: 9781846553615
  • Imprint: Harvill Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $19.99

The Search Warrant

Dora Bruder


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Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature The Search Warrant is the story of teenager Dora Bruder, who vanishes from her convent school during the Occupation of Paris, and one man's quest to uncover her fate and come to terms with his own family history. A heart-rending meditation on people, stories and human history lost during the Second World War.

“Missing a young girl, Dora Bruder, 15, height 1.55m, oval-shaped face, grey-brown eyes, grey sports jacket, maroon pullover, navy blue skirt and hat, brown gym shoes. All information to M. and Mme Bruder, 41 Boulevard Ornano, Paris.”

The author chanced upon this notice in a December 1941 issue of Paris Soir. The girl has vanished from the convent school which had taken her in during the Occupation. She had apparently run away on a bitterly cold night at a time of especially violent German reprisals. Moved by her fate, the author sets out to find all he can about her. Eventually he discovers her name in a list of Jews deported to Auschwitz in September 1942 and what further fragments he is able to uncover about the Bruder family become a meditation on the immense losses of the period - people lost, stories lost, human history lost. Modiano delivers a moving survey of a decade-long investigation that revived for him the sights, sounds and sorrowful rhythms of occupied Paris. And in seeking to exhume Dora Bruder’s fate, he in turn faces, and must come to terms with, his own family history.

  • Pub date: 15 January 2010
  • ISBN: 9781846553615
  • Imprint: Harvill Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Patrick Modiano

Patrick Modiano is a celebrated French novelist, author of numerous books for adults and children. His work has been translated into over 30 languages. Notable awards include the Grand Prix du Roman de l'Académie Française, the Prix Goncourt and the Austrian State Prize for European Literature. In 2014 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature 'for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies.'

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Praise for The Search Warrant

“An exceptional book”

JORGE SEMPRUN

“This book is both harrowing and admirable...quite simply shattering”

RENAUD MATIGNON, Figaro


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