Patrick Modiano accepts the Nobel, speaks of memory, oblivion

December 10, 2014 1:05 PM

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When French writer Patrick Modiano was named winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature earlier this year, American readers were caught by surprise. Only a handful of the novelist's books had been published in the U.S., leaving many American book lovers asking, Modian-who?

"The announcement of this award seemed unreal to me and I was eager to know why you chose me. On that day I do not think I had ever been more acutely aware of how blind a novelist is when it comes to his own books, and how much more the readers know about what he has written than he does ...

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