Thursday, October 09, 2014
Patrick Modiano Wins Nobel Literature Prize
Via The Local: The 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature has been won by French author Patrick Modiano, who has written more than thirty novels. The announcement was made at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm. The award was announced by Peter Englund, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy. He said that the French writer was being recognised "for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation". Philip Roth, Ngugi wa Thiong’o and Haruki Murakami were the bookmakers' favorites to take the prestigious prize. Patrick Modiano will take home 8.0 million Swedish kronor – just over $1.113.000. He has been writing since the 1960s and will turn 70 next year. The author is a household name in France and has written novels, screenplays and children's books. He was born in a west Paris suburb two months after the second world war ended in Europe in July 1945 and he wrote about life under Nazi occupation. His main themes are identity, memory and loss, with most of his books less than 150 pages long. His father was of Jewish Italian origins and met his Belgian actress mother in Paris. Modiano previously won the prestigious Prix Goncourt prize for his novel Missing Person in 1978. When the author was reached on Thursday afternoon, he responded to the fact that he had won as being "weird". The novelist is the 11th French writer to win the prize and his achievement has grabbed the headlines in his home country, as reported by The Local France.