Brigitte Giraud winner for her novel “Vivre vite”; ask your questions to our journalist

The Goncourt Academy presented, Thursday, November 3 at 1 p.m., the most prestigious of French literary prizes, live from the Drouant restaurant in Paris. Won in 2021 by the Senegalese author Mohamed Mbougar Sarr, for his novel The most secret memory of men (Philippe Rey-Jimsaan), the Goncourt Prize was awarded this year to the French Brigitte Giraud. In live fast (Flammarion), the novelist recounts the last days of her husband, killed in a motorcycle accident in 1999, and the consequences of this tragedy.

Three other finalists were selected by the jury, made up of seven men and three women:

  • Italo-Swiss Giuliano da Empoliwith The Mage of the Kremlin (Gallimard), was considered the favorite although he won the French Academy Grand Prix last week – only two authors have achieved such a double since 1997 and the current president of the academy Goncourt, Didier Decoin, had shown little in favor of the phenomenon repeating itself. Giuliano da Empoli’s novel, released in April, tells the story of a fictional adviser to President Vladimir Putin. The opportunity for the author to discuss the history of Russia since the breakup of the Soviet Union.
  • The author Cloe Kormanwith Almost Sisters (Seuil), signs an investigation into child victims of the Shoah, cousins ​​of his father. In September, the Minister of National Education, Pap Ndiaye, was delighted that his “adviser in charge of speeches was chosen in the first selection”.
  • Milf like Cloé Korman, Makenzy Orcel is a new generation author. In A human sum (Rivages), the Haitian writer makes speak from beyond the grave, on six hundred pages, a woman inhabited by poetry and violence in an abundant and uninterrupted language.

As tradition dictates, the Renaudot prize was awarded just after the Goncourt, in the same restaurant in the Opéra district, in Paris. Simon Liberati was chosen this year to Performance (Grasset).

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