New Nobel Writer: I’ve Read Him

Unlike you, I’ve read a few books by the French writer Patrick Modiano (pictured), who has just been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. And not in translation, either, in the original. He writes a classic, though sometimes clotted French, full of as many twists and turns as his plots. The last novel I read was the 1997 “Dora Bruder,” which, like many of Modiano’s books, involves the plight of Jews during the Second World War. I believe that “Dora” is the most recent of his two dozen books to have been Englished. Modiano also co-wrote the screenplay to Louis Malle‘s 1974 movie “Lacombe, Lucien,” which also takes place during the war.

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