(FILES) A photo taken on October 7, 2003 in Paris shows French writer Patrick Modiano who won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Royal Swedish Academy announced on October 9, 2014 in Stockholm, Sweden. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU
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Relatively unknown outside of France and a media recluse, Modiano's works have centered on memory, oblivion, identity and guilt.Modiano, reacting to the award, said he felt like he had been writing versions of the same book for many years.Modiano, 69, was born in the Paris suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt in July 1945, several months after the official end of the Nazi occupation in late 1944 .Modiano was a protege of novelist Raymond Queneau, famous for his experiments with language. Modiano has already won France's prestigious Goncourt prize in 1978 for his work. Modiano became a household name in France during the late 1970s but never appeared comfortable before cameras and soon withdrew from the gaze of publicity.The most number of winners of the literature prize have gone to authors who have written first in English, followed by French and German. Modiano is the 11th person from France to win the literature prize -- the last was Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio in 2008 .
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