French author Patrick Modiano wins Nobel Prize for Literature
French author Patrick Modiano was awarded the Nobel Prize for
The Nobel Academy awarded the novelist "for the art of memory with
which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered
the life-world of the occupation".
The award - which is presented to a living writer - is worth eight
million kronor (£691,000). Previous winners include literary giants such
as Rudyard Kipling, Toni Morrison and Ernest Hemingway.
Modiano, 69, whose work has often focused on World War Two and the
1940s, published his first novel, La Place de l'Etoile, in 1968. His
novel, Missing Person, won the French literary accolade the Prix
Goncourt in 1978.
In 2012, he won the Austrian State Prize for European Literature.
Modiano, who lives in Paris, is said to rarely give interviews.
The Nobel Academy said it had been unable to tell Modiano the news
before the announcement.
A total 111 individuals have been awarded the Nobel Prize in
Literature between 1901 and 2014.
Last year's winner was Canadian author Alice Munro.
- BBC News