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Patrick Modiano, the Nobel Prize and what (if anything) it means
Patrick Modiano, the Nobel Prize and what (if anything) it means

We’ve read this story before: the contentious interview with the representative of the Swedish Academy, followed by the awarding of the Nobel Prize in literature to a European writer, largely unknown in the United States, who specializes in work that is small, interior, elliptical. Six years ago, it was Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio; this time, it is Patrick Modiano, author of more than 30 books, although only about a third have been translated into English. Is there a message here? That point has been argued, somewhat ludicrously, by Emma Brockes, who suggested Thursday in the Guardian that the intention of the Nobel judges may be to snub Philip Roth in the most public way...

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