The jury of the Goncourt Prize, which will be awarded on November 3, revealed this Tuesday at midday the sixteen novels of its first selection.
That’s it, we know the works in the running for the most famous French literary prize. The jury for the Goncourt Prize, which will be awarded on November 3, revealed its first selection this Tuesday at midday.
Sixteen authors, some of whom have already marked this literary re-entry such as Christine Angot with Le Voyage dans l’Est (Flammarion), Agnès Desarthe with L’Eternal Fiancé (L’Olivier), Sorj Chalandon with Enfant de salaud (Grasset), Anne Berest with La carte postale (Grasset) or Philippe Jaenada with Au Printemps des monstres (Mialet-Barrault). And no first-time novelist.
Next stages in the Goncourt race: October 5 and 26 for the second and third selections, before the winner is announced on November 3.
Last year, it was L’Anomalie by Hervé Le Tellier (Gallimard), who won the Goncourt, at an award ceremony that was upset and delayed due to the health situation which had led to the closure of bookstores.
The Goncourt Academy is currently made up of ten writers: Pierre Assouline, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Pascal Bruckner, Françoise Chandernagor, Philippe Claudel, Paule Constant, Didier Decoin (who replaced Bernard Pivot at the head of the Goncourt Academy in 2020), Camille Laurens, Patrick Rambaud and Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt.
In the first selection of these academicians also appears the title which will be awarded the Goncourt des lycéens. Nearly 2000 students will study these selected novels, will elect their favorite on November 25 and announce the name of the winner in December.
With this first selection of the Goncourt Prize, the season for major literary distinctions has been launched. This Wednesday September 8, it will be the turn of the jury for the Prix Femina to announce its first selection, then that of Renaudot on Thursday 9.
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