French author Patrick Modiano got Nobel Prize 2014 in Literature

2015-01-05

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The Nobel Prize in Literature 2014 was awarded to Patrick Modiano "for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation".

“For the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation”

French author Patrick Modiano was born on July 30, 1945, in Boulogne-Billancourt, a suburb of Paris.

Modiano’s works centre on topics such as memory, oblivion, identity and guilt. The city of Paris is often present in the text and can almost be considered a creative participant in the works.

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The author’s home town and its history often serve to link the tales together. A work of documentary character, with World War II as background, is Dora Bruder (1997; Dora Bruder, 1999) which builds on the true tale of a fifteen-year old girl in Paris who becomes one of the victims of the Holocaust. Among the works which most clearly reveal an autobiographical character one notes Un pedigree from 2005.

Read Biobibliographical notes here