French writer Patrick Modiano's most recent novel is Pour que tu ne te perdes pas dans le quartier. Modiano is pictured in 2003.
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October 9, 2014 The Swedish Academy lauded Modiano "for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation."
Haruki Murakami's latest novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, was released in English in 2014.
October 6, 2014 In "Scheherazade," he tells the tale of a captive listener — in more ways than one. Also: A big week to come includes the Nobel Prize announcement, "Super Thursday" and several notable books.
Nobel literature laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez greets fans and reporters outside his home in Mexico City on March 6, his birthday.
April 17, 2014 The Colombian-born author of One Hundred Years of Solitude had been in failing health for some time.
October 10, 2013 Also: Libya's prime minister is briefly abducted, then set free and 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai is awarded the Sakharov Prize.
The Nobel Prize committee called Canadian author Alice Munro, seen in 2009, a "master of the contemporary short story."
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October 10, 2013 Also: a new poem by Sherman Alexie; a captivating essay about surfing; the complexity of shopping for books in France.
This undated photo provided by Sotheby's shows the 1950 Nobel Prize medal awarded to William Faulkner and a draft of his acceptance speech for his Nobel Prize in Literature.
October 9, 2013 Also: Andrew Wylie gives a controversial interview to The New Republic; Sarah Hall wins the BBC short story prize; Gay Talese annotates "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold."
Haruki Murakami is the author of such books as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Norwegian Wood and Kafka on the Shore.
October 8, 2013 Also: Sleuthing the first story by Edgar Allan Poe; the merits of YA literature; Atavist Books launches.
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October 11, 2012 The committee cited his deft use of "hallucinatory realism" as a means to merge past and present.
Poet and Nobel laureate Tomas Transtromer at his home in Stockholm in March.
October 6, 2011 His work "gives us fresh access to reality," the Nobel committee says. The surrealist poet has also spent a career as a psychiatrist working with institutionalized children.
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