French writer, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2008. He grew up in such exotic places as Mauritius Island -where his mother was from- and in Nigeria, where his father was sent because of his work as a doctor for the English army. In the 1960s he also lived in Thailand, and in the seventies in Mexico, a country that served as the inspiration for an important part of his literary work. Le Clézio’s literary path began at the age of 23 with his first novel, The Interrogation, which was awarded the prestigious Renaudot Prize, and in 1980 he won the Paul Morand Prize for Désert. Considered one of the best storytellers of the 20th century in his country, he has also received prizes such as the Ordre national du Mérite in France and the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle.
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