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
Each year, Cambridge University Library acquires French and Francophone books that have won important literary prizes, usually awarded in the autumn, after the “rentrée littéraire”. While the books which have been awarded literary distinctions in 2020 are on order, here are the 2018 and 2019 prizewinners in the French-speaking world:
Comar d’Or: 2018: Les lendemains d’hier : roman by Ali Bécheur C205.d.3961; 2019: Jugurtha: un contre-portrait by Rafik Darragi C206.d.4272
Grand prix du roman de l’Académie française: 2018: L’été des quatre rois : juillet-août 1830 : roman by Camille Pascal C206.d.4319; 2019: Civilizations : roman by Laurent Binet C206.d.2438
Grand Prix du Roman Métis: 2018: Des ailes au loin : roman by Jadd Hilal C206.d.4269; 2019: Salina : les trois exils : roman by Laurent Gaudé C215.c.5760
Prix Carbet de la Caraïbe et du Tout-Monde: 2018 Là où les chiens aboient par la queue by Estelle-Sarah Bulle C206.d.4347; (no 2019 winner) Continue reading