Sunday, November 2, 2014

2014 Nobel Prize in Literature

As our fall break ends, we look forward to gathering again as a full group and exchanging tales and pictures of travel and adventure.  We'll also share recommendations for pleasure reading based on the books that accompanied us on our travels.  The best-selling book in France this week comes from Patrick Modiano, winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature.  Modiano, whose oeuvre is not that well known in the English-speaking world, was saluted by the Nobel Prize committee "for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation."  Modiano's work has special resonance for us, as we spent several weeks studying the German occupation of France and Vichy collaboration during the Second World War. Modiano's father's history, as recounted in Clémence Boulouque's article below, is understandably controversial.  Interestingly, it resonates with Annette Muller's father's dealings with Israëlovitch, as documented in our reading by Richard D.E. Burton ("Operation Spring Breeze: Rue des Rosiers, Vel' d'Hiv', Drancy (July-August 1942)," in Blood in the City: Violence and Revelation in Paris, 1789-1945).  

Patrick Modiano, winner of 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature
Clémence Boulouque, "Nobel Prize Winner Patrick Modiano Summons the Shadow-World of Postwar French Jewry," at http://tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/books/186307/modiano-nobel.

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