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Heteronym, I completely see your point. I've felt the same way about some former content-rich but prose-average winners like Coetzee. Most of us here and at the WWLF have many common favorite writers that we'd like to see receive the Nobel. As a matter of fact, Modiano was not among my preferred novelists to win the prize. My choices (as posted at our sister site) have some overlap with yours:
Salman Rushdie, Milan Kundera, Antonio Lobo Antunes, Amin Maalouf, Olga Tokarczuk, Pascal Quignard, Robert Coover and Cynthia Ozick.

That much being said, I was just trying to address some claims about Modiano being an obscure writer outside of France or an uninteresting one. I haven't read that much of his work, about half a dozen short novels, and, based on that limited knowledge, I attempted to provide some clues about what makes him an interesting writer, how to crack the mysteries of a couple of his books, and some little samples of what his writing is like (mediocrely translated by yours truly). At the risk of being too bold, let me say that brilliant prose is not everything: Kafka's style is pretty sober, and yet, some consider him the greatest writer of the 20th. Century.

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