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Paul Modiano is a French writer who was born on July 30, 1945, in Boulogne-Billancourt. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2014 for his lifetime body of work. He previously won the Austrian State Prize for European Literature in 2012 and the Prix mondial Cino Del Duca from the Institut de France for his lifetime achievement in 2010. His other awards include the Prix Goncourt in 1978 for his novel Rue des boutiques obscures and the Grand prix du roman de l'Académie française in 1972 for Les Boulevards de ceinture. Modiano's works explore the traumas of the Nazi occupation of France and the puzzle of identity. His preoccupation with the theme of identity can be seen throughout many of his works including his 2005 memoir entitled Un Pedigree. Modiano was greatly influenced by his parents' relationship. His mother and father began their clandestine relationship during occupied France. Growing up, his father was absent for most of his life and his mother was away frequently while on tour acting. He was alone much of the time and went to school because of government aid. His younger brother died of a disease at age 10 and this added to his "lost identity" feelings while growing up. Modiano first came to prominence in France when he wrote the 1968 book La Place de L'Étoile. He has published over 30 works which include novels, screenplays and children's books. His other works include: La Ronde de nuit (1969), English translation: Night Rounds; Rue des boutiques obscures (1978), English translation: Missing Person; and Quartier Perdu (1984), English translation: A Trace of Malice. Although he is well known in France, only about 12 of his works have been translated into English. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Missing Person 862 copies, 29 reviews
In the Café of Lost Youth 704 copies, 34 reviews
Dora Bruder 672 copies, 34 reviews
The Black Notebook 332 copies, 15 reviews
Villa Triste 284 copies, 7 reviews
Pedigree 270 copies, 12 reviews
Young Once 261 copies, 6 reviews
Little Jewel 252 copies, 12 reviews
Honeymoon 243 copies, 7 reviews
La Place de l'étoile (Author) 241 copies, 3 reviews
Paris Nocturne 211 copies, 8 reviews
Out of the Dark 186 copies, 5 reviews
The Night Watch 165 copies, 3 reviews
Ring Roads 164 copies, 4 reviews
Sundays in August 163 copies, 8 reviews
L'horizon 162 copies, 11 reviews
Such Fine Boys 153 copies, 5 reviews
After the Circus 153 copies, 6 reviews
A trace of malice 118 copies, 1 review
Livret de famille 115 copies, 6 reviews
Catherine Certitude 114 copies, 2 reviews
Encre sympathique 94 copies, 4 reviews
Des inconnues 79 copies, 2 reviews
Remise de peine 72 copies, 4 reviews
Fleurs de ruine 68 copies
Chien de printemps 61 copies, 3 reviews
Vestiaire de l'enfance 60 copies, 1 review
Romans 31 copies
Memory Lane 24 copies, 1 review
Lacombe, Lucien [1974 film] (Screenwriter) 21 copies, 3 reviews
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28 Paradis 11 copies
Blue Aloha 9 copies
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Ephéméride 2 copies
Tinta simpática 1 copy, 1 review
Rodokmen 1 copy
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