1. “Patrick Modiano Wins Nobel Prize in Literature.” Modiano, the French novelist whose works often explore the traumas of the Nazi occupation of France and hinge on the themes of memory, alienation and the puzzle of identity, won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday.
“In an announcement in Stockholm, the Swedish Academy cited Mr. Modiano’s ability to evoke ’the most ungraspable human destinies’ in his work. The Nobel, one of the most prestigious and financially generous awards in the world, comes with a $1.1 million prize. The literature prize is given out for a lifetime of writing rather than for a single work. Mr. Modiano was born in 1945 to a Belgian mother who worked as an actress and a Jewish-Italian father who was often absent during his childhood. Mr. Modiano, who has published around 30 works, including novels, children’s books and screenplays, first rose to prominence in 1968 with his novel La Place de l’Étoile. He won the prestigious Prix Goncourt in 1978 for his novel Missing Person. Many of his fictional works are set in Paris and delve into the moral dilemmas that citizens faced under the Nazi occupation. Some play with the detective genre.”