Nobel Prize for Literature awarded to Patrick Modiano

President Hollande extends his warmest congratulations to Patrick Modiano who has just received the Nobel Prize for Literature. This award recognizes a large body of work that explores the subtleties of memory and the complexity of identity.

Since the publication of “La Place de l’Étoile” in 1968, he has won a number of prizes and awards, notably including the Prix Goncourt for his novel “Missing Person” (“Rue des boutiques obscures”) in 1978. He takes his readers right into the traumas of the dark days of the Occupation. And he seeks to understand how the events lead individuals to lose as well as find themselves.

President Hollande pays tribute to his publishing house, Gallimard, which has been working with him since the publication of his first book.

Patrick Modiano has also contributed to several films inspired by his novels, including in particular Louis Malle’s “Lacombe Lucien.”

The Republic is proud that one of our greatest writers has been internationally recognized through this Nobel Prize. Patrick Modiano is the 15th French citizen to win this important award, confirming the major influence exerted by our literature.

Last modified on 16/12/2014

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