Keyword: Patrick Modiano

French writer Patrick Modiano hits boom abroad since Nobel Prize

Ten works by the 70-year-old author have been published in the US following the award last October, with another six due later this year.

French culture minister admits reading 'very little'

Fleur Pellerin said she had no time to read for pleasure and hadn't read the books of French 2014 Nobel literature prize-winner Patrick Modiano.

France hits back at French bashers with Nobel wins

After Nobel award for French writer and then economist, prime minister rounds on critics saying it is 'one in the eye' for country's detractors.

The fear of 'forgetting' that drives French Nobel Prize winner Patrick Modiano

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Patrick Modiano, le 9 octobre à Paris. © Reuters Patrick Modiano, le 9 octobre à Paris. © Reuters

On Thursday French author Patrick Modiano was named as the 2014 recipient of the Nobel Prize for literature. In its citation the Swedish Academy said the prize had been awarded to honour “the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the Occupation”. It is, above all, recognition of 40 years of an obsessive quest, motivated by the fear of forgetting. Here Mediapart journalist Ellen Salvi, who spent five years at the Sorbonne in Paris studying Modiano's work and who has met the media-shy writer in person, shares her insight into the past influences and “previous lives” that have helped shape his writing.

French writer Patrick Modiano wins the Nobel prize for literature

The author, the 11th French writer to win prize, is best-known for his novel 'Missing Person' about a detective who loses his memory.