PATRICK MODIANO WINS THE 2014 NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE

by |October 9, 2014

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French novelist Patrick Modiano has won the 2014 Nobel Prize in literature.

Modiano is the author of Missing Person and Lacombe Lucien, which was made into a film. He beat a strong field that included bookies favourite Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Japanese author Haruki Murakami, Belarusian investigative journalist and author Svetlana Alexievich, and Syrian poet Adonis.

American authors Philip Roth, Joyce Carol Oates and Thomas Pynchon were once again overlooked, while people’s champ Bob Dylan also missed out on the biggest prize in literature.

Modiano takes home eight million kronor (£693,000).

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