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Patrick Modiano, Nobel Prize in Literature

October 09, 2014 | By francecanadaculture Canada

One year after Canadian Alice Munro received the prestigious honour, Patrick Modiano has won the 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature.

The Swedish Academy says it awarded the prize to Modiano “for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation.”

Mr. Modiano was born in 1945 to a Belgian mother who worked as an actress and a Jewish-Italian father who was often absent during his childhood. Mr. Modiano, who has published around 30 works, including novels, children’s books and screenplays, first rose to prominence in 1968 with his novel “La Place de l’Étoile.” He won the prestigious Prix Goncourt in 1978 for his novel “Missing Person.” Many of his fictional works are set in Paris and delve into the moral dilemmas that citizens faced under the Nazi occupation. Some play with the detective genre.