Yale Press to publish newly named Nobel laureate’s novellas

The newest winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, French novelist Patrick Modiano, is among the Yale University Press' soon-to-be-published authors.

Modiano’s “Suspended Sentences: Three Novellas” will be published in November as part of the Yale Press series The Margellos World Republic of Letters, dedicated to making literature from around the globe available in English through translation. The novellas — “Afterimage,” “Suspended Sentences,” and “Flowers of Ruin” — were originally published separately. This new collection of Modiano’s tales of orphaned children, mysterious parents, forgotten friends, and enigmatic strangers, all set in Paris, was translated by Mark Polizzotti.

In presenting Modiano the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Swedish Academy commended the author “for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation.”

Modiano is a best-selling novelist and the winner of some of the most prestigious literary awards in France, including the Prix Goncourt and the Prix Mondial Cino Del Duca for lifetime achievement.

“It is very gratifying to see Modiano recognized globally in this way,” said John Donatich, director of Yale University Press. “His remarkable work spanning many decades is a truly magnificent accomplishment. Modiano deserves the many new readers this prize should attract; they will be greatly rewarded.”