French author Patrick Mondiano is the author of this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature for 2014. We specialise in African literature here at JamesMurua.com and we were pining for our Ngugi Wa Thiong’o who had been said to be in the running this year. Again. It was not to be. Again.
So who is this Patrick Modiano? Wiki describes him as a French novelist who isn’t a stranger to winning having gone home with the Grand prix du roman de l’Académie française and the Prix Goncourt He has also being given a lifetime achievement award by the the Institut de France with the Prix mondial Cino Del Duca in 2010 as well as the 2012 Austrian State Prize for European Literature. This years prize is his biggest award.
We are left with our Ngugi as being a front runner for the prize again next if history is to be followed.
Some reaction to the non-win by Ngugi
And Ngugi wa Thiong’o has missed the 2014 @NobelPrize for Literature! Awarded to a French writer Patrick Modiano. A luta continua.
— BitQuail (@Davidkimondo) October 9, 2014
— Jalada Africa (@JaladaAfrica) October 9, 2014
“@Nduta__: Huh, who?”Patrick Modiano 😀
— #DearDoris (@arungaian) October 9, 2014
He did not win? YES! YESSSSS! — Ivory Punk (@IvoryPunk) October 9, 2014
BREAKING >> Ngugi did not win the Nobel Prize for Literature — AFRICA IS A COUNTRY (@AfricasaCountry) October 9, 2014
DAMN Wikipedia is too fast in updating major stuff. That Nobel Prize in Literature was the fastest update, I have ever encountered.
— Silas Nyanchwani (@nyanchwani) October 9, 2014
— Nanjala Writes (@Nanjala1) October 9, 2014
IMMA LET YOU FINISH, shouts Kanye in Gikuyu as he pushes through the press of Swedish journalists , BUT NGUGI WAS ROBBED — Student Loans (@zunguzungu) October 9, 2014
Kenya’s Ngugi wa’Thiongo misses out on the Nobel prize for Literature again. It goes to French novelist Patrick Mondiano (qui?)
— Rebecca Davis (@becsplanb) October 9, 2014