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When the French novelist Patrick Modiano (b. 1945) was announced as the winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature, many readers in the English-speaking world reacted with incomprehension.

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L'écume des jours

Boris Vian

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ISBN: 9782356411440

Date: 2009

The protagonist, Colin, is a wealthy young man with a resourceful and stylish man-servant, Nicolas, and a healthy supply of doublezoons. With dizzying speed, Colin meets and weds Chloe in a grand ceremony. Generously, Colin bequeaths a quarter of his fortune to his friends Chick and Alise so they too may marry.

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