Source : télérama
After today’s award of the Medicis prize to the writer Ivan Jablonka for his work Laetitia ou la fin des hommes (Seuil, “The library of the XXI Century”), the announcement of two winners of major literary prizes, the Goncourt and the Renaudot, are expected tomorrow.
The expected candidates
A carefully maintained suspense and a crowd of journalists eager to know the names of the winners. The Goncourt prize is the event of the literary season. The juries of Goncourt and Renaudot prizes will meet tomorrow at Dormant restaurant and the winners will be announced precisely at 1pm, first the Goncourt, then the Renaudot. Four authors are competing for the Goncourt: Catherine Cusset for L’autre qu’on adorait (Gallimard); Gaël Faye for Petit Pays (Grasset); Régis Jauffret for Cannibales (Threshold) and finally Leila Sliming for her work Chanson douce (Gallimard). According to rumors, it is this young novelist who seems to attract attention and be the favorite of all the forecasts, especially as her book is selling very well. Both juries want it, even if the Renaudot may prefer Yasmina Reza.
Leila Sliming and Regis Jauffret are also candidates for the Renaudot’price next to Adélaïde de Clermont-Tonnerre for Le Dernier des nôtres (Grasset), Simon Liberati for California Girls (Grasset) and Yasmina Reza for Babylone (Flammarion).
A misogynistic competition?
There are more than 2,000 literary prizes in France alone. But the most anticipated prize, Goncourt, say something of the established literature, legitimized and the battle between publishers raging behind the scenes. Here is the sketch of the major literary prizes. Denunciation of misogyny in the literary world by Françoise Chandannagar has it been heard? It seems that the Renaudot Prize jurors were listening when we see the number of women’s candidates. For centuries, the major French literary prizes have long been marked by under-representation of women. Despite a rising number of awards, in the twentieth century and despite the appearance of new distinctions, this trend still remains the same.