Late French Nobel prizewinner book turned down by modern publishers

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An admirer of the works of late French writer Claude Simon, who received the Nobel Prize for literature for his collected works in 1985, sent an extract from one of his books, disguised as a new submission, to 19 publishers in France who all rejected it, one of them dismissing it for its lack of  'a real plot with well-drawn characters'.

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The French writer Claude Simon, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1985, would not be published today, according to an experiment conducted by one of his fans, reports The Guardian.