PATRICK MODIANO was born in a suburb of Paris in 1945 and grew up in various parts of France. Since then, he's authored twenty novels, including the Goncourt Prize-winning Missing Person, Dora Bruder, and Les Boulevards des ceintures (translated as Ring Roads), as well as the memoir Un Pedigree and a children's book, Catherine Certitude. In the screenplay for the film Lacombe Lucien, he collaborated with Louis Malle. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2014. The Swedish Academy dubbed him a modern-day Marcel Proust for his use of memory to conjure the most unfathomable human fates and unveil the life-world of the Occupation.