|Bad photo from the #72 bus|
but at least you can see the whole poster
Patrick Modiano will deliver his Nobel Lecture on Dec 7 2014. He rarely gives media interviews and turned down the Académie Francaise. He is not well known outside France, and many of his nearly 40 books are not available in English, although that may well change now. Born on the outskirts of Paris in 1945 into a difficult family.
"In the end, we are all determined by the place and the time in which we were born."
Much of Mondiano's writing appears to be about Paris during the occupation, the years before his birth. The New Yorker puts it beautifully.
Like Rushdie's midnight's children, Europeans born in 1945 share a certain liminal condition. They escaped the threat, but not the taint, of the war. They were born into freedom but conceived in turmoil; they grew up looking over their shoulders.
He has won many prizes on his road to the Nobel Prize, including the Prix Goncourt in 1978 for Rue des Boutiques Obscures (Missing Persons). The Guardian calls Voyage de Noces/Honeymoon his masterpiece, and lists five other key books. Happily there seems to be a rush to translate many of his books including his children's book, Catherine Certitude.
Fishpond has it available as a Pre-Order, due to ship March 15, 2015. I'm patiently waiting for my copy.
|Dreaming of France is a wonderful Monday meme|
from Paulita at An Accidental Blog
|Books on France, a great 2014 challenge|
from Emma at Words and Peace