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Meet Nobel Laureate Patrick Modiano, a French writer

Patrick ModianoThe 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature goes to Patrick Modiano, a French Writer who is best known for his novels about memory and identity. Patrick has once again proved that French rule when it comes to literature. He is 11th French to clinch the prestigious Nobel prize for literature. 

Born on 30 July 1945, Patrick Modiano has previously won the Austrian State Prize for European Literature in 2012 and the Prix mondial Cino Del Duca from the Institut de France for his lifetime achievement in 2010. His other awards include the Prix Goncourt in 1978 for his novel Rue des boutiques obscures and the Grand prix du roman de l’Académie française in 1972 for Les Boulevards de ceinture.

In his first telephonic interview to the Nobel Prize website, Patrick Modiano explained that he heard the news in a phone call from his daughter while he was out walking in Paris: “I was very moved”, he said.

Asked what it meant to him to be a Nobel laureate, he choked up with emotion: “I never thought this would happen to me, it has truly touched me.”


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