Michel Déon with a portrait of himself in his home in Co Galway. In ‘La Chambre de Ton Pere’, Déon recounted how the portrait was painted. Photograph: Lara Marlowe

The novelist Michel Déon, the French writer most closely associated with Ireland, died in hospital in Galway on Wednesday at the age of 97. Déon’s t(...)

Belarussian journalist and writer Svetlana Alexievich, the 2015 Nobel literature winner, following a news conference in Minsk, Belarus on Thursday.  Photograph: Sergei Grits/AP

Svetlana Alexievich, a Belarussian journalist and prose writer, won the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday “for her polyphonic writings, a monumen(...)

Economist Thomas Piketty: President François Hollande’s government “would do better to focus on reviving growth in France and Europe”. Photograph: Bart Maat/EPA

France’s star economist Thomas Piketty, who shot to fame and topped best- seller lists last year with his controversial book on wealth and inequality,(...)

 A file photograph of French economist Thomas Piketty who has said  he will not accept the Legion d’honneur - his country’s highest award. Photograph: Pontus Lundahl/EPA.

France’s star economist Thomas Piketty has declined the country’s highest award, the Legion d’Honneur, local media said on Thursday.Mr Piketty (43) (...)

French author Patrick Modiano holds a press conference after being announced as the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature 2014, at the headquarters of his publishing house, Gallimard, in Paris, yesterday. Described  by the Swedish Academy as “a Marcel Proust of our time,” it said said the award was “for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation”. Photograph: Charles Platiau / Reuters

Patrick Modiano, winner of the 2014 Nobel prize for literature, writes about uncertain identities, pasts that have in some way gone missing, and the u(...)

Peter Englund of the Swedish Academy steps out of his office yesterday to announce France’s  Patrick Modiano as the winner of this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature in Stockholm. Photograph: Anders Wiklund/Reuters

French novelist Patrick Modiano was yesterday awarded the Nobel prize for literature “for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungrasp(...)

Patrick Modiano: awarded Nobel Prize for Literature “for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation”. Photograph: Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images

This year’s Nobel Prize for Literature has been awarded to the French author Patrick Modiano “for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most (...)