So this year's Nobel Prize for literature went to a Frenchman, Patrick Modiano, with the organisers explaining they picked him: "for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the (Nazi) occupation (of France)".
Is this Eurocentrism? Aggrieved fans of Haruki Murakami might think so. Here's a round-up of English-language comment on the prize-giving committee's decision, from newspapers in Japan.
‘Harukists’ stay positive after Murakami overlooked by Nobel again / The Asahi Shimbun