Swedish Academy Honors French Post-Holocaust Writer

Patrick Modiano, 69, France’s leading “Post-Holocaust” writer whose novels focus on the loss of human identity in the Holocaust and Occupied France, has been awarded the 2014 Nobel Literature Prize “for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation.”  Modiano, the son of an Jewish-Italian father and Belgian mother who was born a few months after the war endedRoger Rabbit icon, had a difficult childhood and filial relationship that colors his storytelling and literary themes.  “Jewishness, the Nazi occupation and loss of identity are recurrent themes in his novels,” CBS reported.  Modiano had previously won several other prestigious literary awards.

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