FRENCH NOVELIST WINS NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE
Patrick Modiano, whose works often explore the traumas of the Nazi occupation of France, won the 2014 Novel Prize in Literature. The Nobel, one of the world’s most financially generous awards, comes with a $1.1 million prize. The literature prize is given out for a lifetime of writing, rather than for a single work.
Modiano, who has published about 30 works, first rose to prominence in 1968 with his novel “La Place de l’Etoile.” Though his works are available in translation, and he is called the “Marcel Proust” of our time, he is not widely known outside of France. In his native country, Modiano is a revered writer whose books, often shorter than 200 pages, are read for their pithy and compact style.