With a single stride he was out of the café, not turning around, and I felt an emptiness all of a sudden. . . . Without him, without his help, I wonder what would have become of me, ten years back, when I was struck by amnesia and was groping about in a fog.
-- Missing Person by Patrick Modiano, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2014. Missing Person was published in 1978 and is, on the surface at least, a post-war noir mystery of the narrator's search to discover his own lost identity.
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