BOOK – Le Goncourt does an about-face. This Tuesday, October 5, the literary institution, which has just unveiled the list of the last nine competitors in the running for the prestigious prize, announced that it had adopted a new rule making ineligible “the works of the spouses, companions or close relatives of the members of the jury ”.

Adopted unanimously, this new rule, which obliges the jurors to reveal such a close link under penalty of exclusion, is the result of the revelation of the presence of links between François Noudelmann, retained in the first selection, and Camille Laurens, member of the Academy.

The book in question is called The Children of Cadillac, an account by the philosopher and essayist of the life of his grandfather and his father through the two world wars. He has just been dropped from the second selection.

This is a change of course. Indeed, in September, the president of the Académie Goncourt Didier Decoin explained to France Inter that the links between the two authors “was not a reason to penalize a good book”.

“There was a vote to say that yes, we could include the book, that it was not an ethical or deontological problem, which would be the case if it came from a spouse, a descendant, d ‘an ascendant. And he gathered a majority that allowed him to be in the selection. For the Academy, the conflict of interest has been ruled out, ”he added.

In addition, and while the custom is that the jurors of Goncourt do not express themselves publicly on the books in the running in order to show their solidarity with the choices of the Academy in all circumstances, Camille Laurens had severely criticized The Postcard of ‘Anne Berest, September 16, eight days after the publication of the first list of Goncourt where this novel appeared. What Didier Decoin had “not appreciated at all”, to use his words.

That same Tuesday, the Academy therefore adopted a second rule: “members of the jury who write a literary column in a media refrain from reviewing the works which appear in the selection as long as these works appear there”.

This is not the first time that suspicions of co-option have hit the Prix Goncourt. Last year, when the Renaudot Prize was also under fire after the revelations of a New York Times investigation, it was singled out that only three women sat at the Academy. This year, the jury, which has ten members, is due to present its prize on November 3.

See also on Le HuffPost: The Prix Goncourt 2020 via Zoom did not go smoothly

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