They are fifteen on the starting line. But in the end there will only be one left. 15 novels are on the list unveiled this Tuesday by the Académie Goncourt. Among them, Le Voyage dans l’Est by Christine Angot (Flammarion), undoubtedly the most media novelist on the list which notably includes In the Spring of Monsters by Philippe Jaeneda, Feu by Maria Pourchet (Fayard), La porte du voyage sans return of David Diop (Seuil), Child of a bastard by Sorj Chalandon or the columnist of Quotidien Lilia Hassaine with Bitter Sun (Gallimard).

A sales champion, Amélie Nothomb was not chosen with her latest novel, Premier Sang (Albin Michel), although it was acclaimed by critics. This list will be halved on October 5, then to four books on October 26. The name of the winner of the Goncourt 2021 will be unveiled on November 3.

Last year the most famous of French literary awards went to Hervé Le Tellier for L’Anomalie, a fantastic drama which sold over 770,000 copies, becoming the second best-selling Goncourt behind L’Amant de Marguerite Duras with 1.6 million copies, released in 1984.

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