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Patrick Modiano
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    (July 30, 1945- )
    Born in Boulogne-Billancourt, France
    Birth name was Jean Patrick Modianao
    Wrote the novels 'Night Rounds' (1971), 'Ring Roads' (1973), 'Missing Person' (1978), 'A Trace of Malice' (1988), 'Honeymoon' (1990), 'Out of the Dark' (1995) and 'Dora Bruder' (1997)
    Won the Nobel Prize in Literature (2014)
    He learned to copy the handwriting of authors Paul Valery and Alain Robbe-Grillet and forged title-page dedications from them in books that he sold to support himself.
    His father attempted to buy up all copies of his first novel, 'La Place de l'Etoile' (1968), because he considered the lead character an unflattering portrayal of himself.
    He said he had a 'feeling of dissatisfaction with every book' he wrote.
    The secretary of the Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel Prize in Literature, admitted that he was little known outside of France.
    When his publisher told him he had won the Nobel Prize, he replied, 'It's weird.'
    Both his parents were absent for long stretches of his childhood and he was raised by his maternal grandparents.
    He wrote the screenplay for Louis Malle's award-winning film 'Lancombe, Lucien.'
    In France, he is both critically acclaimed and a popular success.
    The secretary of the Swedish Academy called him 'a modern-day Proust,' due to the authors' shared interest in memory.
    Unlike Proust's doorstops, most of his novels clock in at around 150 pages.

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