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

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


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.

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