Thursday, October 9, 2014

Patrick Modiano Nobel Prize for Literature! Highlights -

This is the fifteenth French writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. The Swedish Academy awarded Thursday novelist Patrick Modiano for “the art of memory with whom he discussed the most elusive human destinies and unveiled the World War II”. Its “universe is fantastic, his books respond to each other,” said the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy Peter Englund, calling the author of “Proust of our time.”

His work is a set of permanent track, where nothing is left to chance. A literary critic The Express had noted that at least five people from five novels, staying at five different addresses, shared a single telephone number: Auteuil 15-28. The French novelist, aged 69, has focused all his work on the Paris of the Second World War, depicting the tragic weight of a troubled time events on the fate of ordinary characters.

Protected Queneau

His sober, clear, has made him an accessible writer and appreciated by the general public and literary circles. “His books are about a lot of research, search for missing persons, fugitives. (…) Those who disappear, the undocumented and those with stolen ID,” said Peter Englund. Its heroes at odds, are in perpetual search of identity. They live halfway between two worlds, between shadow and light, public life and destiny wanted. Modiano texts also outline a geography of Paris with documentary precision.

A protégé of Raymond Queneau, Patrick Modiano published his first novel, The Place of the Star in 1968 and has since written thirty novels, all published by Gallimard. In 1974 he wrote, with director Louis Malle, the script for a blockbuster movie, Lacombe Lucien , the story of a teenager tempted by heroism, and plunging into the Collaboration in France of 1944 is also the author of other scenarios, and a test with Catherine Deneuve on the sister of the actress disappeared early, Francois Dorléac.

Translated into 36 languages ​​

Juror 2000 Cannes Film Festival, he also wrote lyrics for songs such as “Astonish Me, Benoit!” Performed Françoise Hardy, and published an interview with the essayist Emmanuel Berl ( Examination ). He obtained in 1972 the Grand Prix of the novel of the French Academy for The Boulevards belt , the Goncourt in 1978 Rue obscure shops and the Grand Prix letters for lifetime achievement in 1996 Patrick Modiano is translated into 36 languages, including Swedish publishing house in Elizabeth Grate, which also publishes the works of Jean-Marie Le Clézio, the last Nobel French literature dedicated in 2008

Patrick Modiano succeeds Canadian English novelist Alice Munro wins prize in 2013, and carries the reward of eight million kroner (about 878,000 euros). His name was among the favorites at a price for many years. He will receive his award in Stockholm on Dec. 10. Peter Englund said the institution had failed to reach him before announcing that he was the winner. No wonder Patrick Modiano is probably one of the most secretive figures of French literary landscape.


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