Peter Englund, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, recommended Modiano's 'Missing Person' as a start.
"He is well known in France, but not anywhere else", Englund said.
69-year-old Patrick Modiano is the 11th Literature Laureate born in France and world's 111th Noble Literature Laureate.
"Modiano's works centre on topics such as memory, oblivion, identity and guilt. The city of Paris is often present in the text", The Nobel Prize tweeted.
Earlier French Literature Laureates: Prudhomme, Mistral, Rolland, France, Bergson, Martin du Gard, Gide, François Mauriac, Sartre, Le Clézio
Earlier French Literature Laureates: Prudhomme, Mistral, Rolland, France, Bergson, Martin du Gard, Gide, François Mauriac, Sartre, Le Clézio— The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) October 9, 2014
For the 2014 Nobel Litearture Award, the academy received 210 valid nominations, among them, 36 were first time nominees.
The nominations and the opinions written by the members of the Nobel Committee in Literature each year are kept secret for 50 years.
Some interesting facts about Literature laureates:
- 69% of the Literature Laureates (1901-2013) are born in Europe.
- The average age of a Literature Laureate is 65.
- Number of Literature Laureates since 1901: 110