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"Ridicule," he said, "might have prevented [Hitler's plot] from ever seeing the light of day."
Le Clezio also recalled his favorite books as a young reader, including anthologies of travelers tales, including those of Marco Polo.
"Those books gave me a taste for adventure, gave me a sense of the vastness of the real world, a means to explore it through instinct and the senses rather than through knowledge," he said in a speech delivered in French.
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