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Patrick Modiano has Been Awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature

Alert! The Swedish Academy has chosen French author Patrick Modiano as the 111th Nobel Laureate in Literature.

The 69-year-old becomes the 11th Literature Laureate born in France, although he is yet to be contacted about the award.

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The Swedish Academy received 210 valid nominations this year, with 36 first time nominees, with Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o and Haruki Murakami the popular choices to take the award.

Permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, Peter Englund, says: “Modiano is a French author who was born in 1945 in France. He has written some 30 books – mainly novels, but also children’s books and movie scripts.

“His novels are small books – 130-50 pages – all around important things: memory, identity and time.

“He is a well-known name in France, but not anywhere else. I think he is more translated into Swedish than English.

“One of his books that I can recommend is called Missing Persons. He is very fond of the detective genre and he plays with it. It a story about a detective who has lost his memory, and his final case is to find out who he is. It’s a fun book but it is still saying something very fundamental about memory and time.

“He has a very special art of memory, as we write in our motivation. He’s obsessed with reaching back in time – and you can identify with his attempts. He believes that there are corridors of time that open up, and that you can walk through them to meet yourself.

“We haven’t established contact yet, but I hope to do it soon.”

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