French author Patrick Modiano becomes 111th winner of 2014 Nobel Literature Prize

Stockholm, Oct 9: French author Patrick Modiano was on Thursday announced the winner of 2014 Nobel Literature Prize.

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.

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

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