French-speaking literary prizewinners 2020-2021

The importance of literary prizes in the French cultural landscape can be measured by  the sheer number of them. There are many mainland prizes, which tend to concentrate on books written by French authors, but also many prizes issued in French overseas regions; these often widen the field by considering French-speaking writers of different nationalities. We acquire a wide selection of these prizes every year. Beyond France, mainland and overseas, we also keep up-to-date with the latest winners of the Tunisian prize Comar d’Or and of the international Prix des 5 continents de la Francophonie.

Below is a list of the prizewinning books we acquired in the past two years. For a presentation of some of the prizes, see this blog post.   

Comar d’Or: 2020: Merminus infinitif : roman by Samir Makhlouf C216.c.9081; 2021: Le chat et le scalpel by Soufiane Ben Farhat (on order)

Grand prix du roman de l’Académie française: 2020: La grande épreuve : roman by Étienne de Montety C216.c.8723; 2021: Mon maître et mon vainqueur : roman by François-Henri Désérable C206.d.9685

Grand Prix du Roman Métis: 2020: Un monstre est là, derrière la porte : roman by Gaëlle Bélem C206.d.5375; 2021: D’amour et de guerre by Akli Tadjer C218.c.3277

Prix Carbet de la Caraïbe et du Tout-Monde: 2020: for the 30th anniversary of the prize, three authors were rewarded for their complete works: Elie Stéphenson, Yanick Lahens and Alfred Alexandre. You can see books held in the library for each author by clicking on their name (we are currently completing our holdings for Alfred Alexandre); 2021: Les mots de silence by Loran Kristian (not available outside the Caribbean yet, but we expect to be able to purchase it soon)

Prix Décembre: 2020: De parcourir le monde et d’y rôder by Grégory Le Floch C206.d.5347; 2021: Le poulailler métaphysique by Xavier Galmiche C206.d.9726

Prix de Flore: 2020: La grâce by Thibault de Montaigu C206.d.5795; 2021: Le voyant d’Étampes by Abel Quentin C206.d.9725

Prix des 5 continents de la Francophonie: 2020: Tous tes enfants dispersés by Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse C218.c.3468; 2021: Le palais des deux collines : roman by Karim Kattan C206.d.9095

Prix Femina: 2020: Nature humaine : roman by Serge Joncour C216.c.8722; 2021: S’adapter : roman by Clara Dupont-Monod C218.c.2781

Prix Femina de l’essai: 2020: Joseph Kabris, ou, Les possibilités d’une vie : 1780-1822 by Christophe Granger C217.c.214; 2021: Un étranger nommé Picasso : dossier de police no 74.664 by Annie Cohen-Solal C218.c.3044

Prix Goncourt: 2020: L’anomalie : roman by Hervé Le Tellier C206.d.5723; 2021: La plus secrète mémoire des hommes : roman by Mohamed Mbougar Sarr C217.c.9662  

Prix Interallié: 2020: Un crime sans importance : récit by Irène Frain C206.d.5383; 2021: Ne t’arrête pas de courir by Mathieu Palain C206.d.9683

Prix littéraire Fetkann! Maryse Condé de la mémoire: 2020: La discrétion by Faïza Guène C206.d.5339; 2021: Les villages de Dieu by Emmelie Prophète C217.c.9038

Prix littéraire Fetkann! Maryse Condé de la recherche: 2020: Une écologie décoloniale : penser l’écologie depuis le monde caribéen by Malcolm Ferdinand C206.d.4343; 2021: La société Kongo face à la colonisation portugaise (1885-1961) : un peuple et une culture en mutations by Lussunzi Vita Mbala C218.c.3467

Prix Médicis: 2020: Le cœur synthétique by Chloé Delaume C206.d.5376; 2021: Le voyage dans l’Est by Christine Angot C206.d.7486 

Prix Renaudot: 2020: Histoire du fils : roman by Marie-Hélène Lafon by C206.d.5346; 2021: Premier sang : roman by Amélie Nothomb C218.c.1026

Anne-Laure Lacour

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