STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – French writer Patrick Modiano has won the 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature for works that made him “a Marcel Proust of our time,” the Swedish Academy said on Thursday.
Relatively unknown outside of France, Modiano’s works have centered on memory, oblivion, identity and guilt that often take place during the German occupation of World War Two. He has written novels, children’s books and film scripts.
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Sweden’s decision to recognize the Palestine state – without formally consulting its allies – may herald a wider foreign policy shift that has at its heart the aim of asserting a new diplomatic weight around the world.
The ruling Social Democrats had signaled in their election manifesto an intention to recognize Palestine. But the speed of their post-election announcement, made during Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven’s inaugural address to parliament on Friday, surprised some countries including Israel.