Patrick Modiano was born in Paris, France in 1945. He was the recipient of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature. He previously won the 2012 Austrian State Prize for European Literature, the 2010 Prix mondial Cino Del Duca from the Institut de France for lifetime achievement, the 1978 Prix Goncourt for Rue des boutiques obscures, and the 1972 Grand Prix du roman de l'Academie francaise for Les Boulevards de ceinture.
This incessant quest, which Modiano might judge pointless, nevertheless produces - in the manner of Proust - one of the most obsessive and fascinating searches for lost time. -- Jerome Garcin * Le Nouvel Observateur *
Dream-like, solemn, utterly unique and impervious to aesthetic fashions, his work defies the passage of time. -- Nathalie Crom * Telerama *
A magnificent, haunting novel, whose spell lasts long after reading. * Vogue *
A pure original ... you don't read Modiano for answers. You read each Modiano novel for its place in a giant sequence: a new restatement of a single unsolvable crime. -- Adam Thirlwell * Guardian *