Most famous for his Prix Goncourt-winning novel Rue des Boutiques Obscures (English title: Missing Person) and for his Grand Prix du Roman-winning book Les Boulevards de Ceinture (Ring Roads), Modiano published nearly thirty other works between the late 1960s and the early 2010s and was awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Under the mentorship of fellow writer Raymond Queneau, Modiano published his debut novel, La Place de l'Etoile, in 1968.
His 2005 memoir, Un Pedigree, deals with the childhood death of his brother Rudy.
His marriage to Dominique Zehrfuss resulted in daughters named Zina and Marie.
In the early 1970s, Modiano co-wrote a controversial, Louis Malle-directed film titled Lacombe, Lucien.