Nobel Prize in Literature
Paris, October 9, 2014
The French President extends his warmest congratulations to Patrick Modiano. The Nobel Prize in Literature which he has just been awarded is a tribute to a huge body of work that explores the subtleties of memory and the complexity of identity.
Ever since La Place de l’Etoile, published in 1968, he has accumulated prizes and awards, notably the Goncourt Prize for Rue des Boutiques Obscures [Missing Person] in 1978. He draws his readers into the deep turmoil of the dark period of the Occupation. And he seeks to understand how events lead individuals to both lose and reveal themselves.
The President pays tribute to his publisher, Gallimard, which has supported him since his first book.
Patrick Modiano has also contributed to many films inspired by his novels, notably Lacombe Lucien by Louis Malle.
The Republic is proud of the global recognition which this Nobel prize lends to one of our greatest writers. Patrick Modiano is the 15th French person to receive this eminent distinction, and this confirms the major global reach of our literature./.