France's Patrick Modiano 'surprised' by Nobel Prize accolade

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France's Patrick Modiano 'surprised' by Nobel Prize accolade

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Patrick Modiano faced the media after being awarded with the 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature.

The usually retiring writer said the accolade came as a complete surprise and he was interested to discover why he was chosen.

Much of his writing focuses on the elusive themes of memory, loss and identity: “I am a prisoner when I write, you cannot be your own reader and you have a confused picture of the books you write. I am looking forward to finding out how I won this honour,” said the 69-year-old.

Modiano’s work looks back to France, particularly Paris, during the German occupation

The writer has been cherished at home for years, with only a handful of his novels translated into English.

Now as the recipient of literature’s most prestigous award everything looks set to change.