PARIS — Leïla Slimani, a French-Moroccan novelist, was awarded France’s top literary accolade, the Prix Goncourt, on Thursday for her book “Chanson Douce” (“Sweet Song”), a thriller that opens with the killing of two young children by their caretaker.
Several commentators had predicted that Ms. Slimani would win. The novel has been a best seller — more than 76,000 copies have been purchased — and Ms. Slimani, 35, has a high profile as a former journalist at Jeune Afrique, a French-language magazine of African news. (…)
The 10 members of the Goncourt Academy, which awards the prize, made their announcement at the Paris restaurant Drouant, where the winners have been presented since 1914. (The prize is given for works in French, but recipients do not need to be French citizens.)
“It’s a novel on class struggle in a bourgeois apartment about possession of the children’s love,” Mr. Pivot told Le Figaro.
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The Sellout by Paul Beatty is named winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. The Sellout is published by small independent publisher Oneworld, who had their first win in 2015 with Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings.
The 54-year-old New York resident, born in Los Angeles, is the first American author to win the prize in its 48-year history. US authors became eligible in 2014. The 2016 shortlist included two British, two US, one Canadian and one British-Canadian writer.
The Sellout is a searing satire on race relations in contemporary America. The Sellout is described by The New York Times as a ‘metaphorical multicultural pot almost too hot to touch’, whilst the Wall Street Journal called it a ‘Swiftian satire of the highest order. Like someone shouting fire in a crowded theatre, Mr. Beatty has whispered “Racism” in a postracial world.’
The book is narrated by African-American ‘Bonbon’, a resident of the run-down town of Dickens in Los Angeles county, which has been removed from the map to save California from embarrassment. Bonbon is being tried in the Supreme Court for attempting to reinstitute slavery and segregation in the local high school as means of bringing about civic order. What follows is a retrospective of this whirlwind scheme, populated by cartoonish characters who serve to parody racial stereotypes. The framework of institutional racism and the unjust shooting of Bonbon’s father at the hands of police are particularly topical.
Amanda Foreman, 2016 Chair of judges, comments: ‘The Sellout is a novel for our times. A tirelessly inventive modern satire, its humour disguises a radical seriousness. Paul Beatty slays sacred cows with abandon and takes aim at racial and political taboos with wit, verve and a snarl.’
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L’auteur a été préféré à Laurent Mauvignier, Nathacha Happanah, Thiery Vila ou encore Luc Lang.
Le prix Fémina a été décerné à Marcus Malte pour Le Garçon (aux éditions Zulma), ont annoncé mardi 25 octobre les jurées. L’écrivain, dont l’univers a pu être comparé à celui de l’Américain Jim Thompson, a obtenu 7 voix contre 3 à Nathacha Appanah (Tropique de la violence, Gallimard) pour ce roman d’apprentissage où un garçon sans nom, au début du XXe siècle, quitte la cabane de sa mère pour découvrir le monde. « Ce livre est une grande épopée, une histoire magnifique qui ressuscite le mythe de l’enfant sauvage qui parvient à la civilisation », a déclaré la présidente du prix Fémina Mona Ozouf.
Le prix Fémina du roman étranger a été attribué à Babih Alameddine pour Les Vies de papier (Les Escales) et celui de l’essai à Ghislaine Dunant pour Charlotte Delbo, La vie retrouvée (Grasset).
Cantaretul american Bob Dylan (75 de ani) a fost distins joi cu Premiul Nobel pentru Literatura pe anul 2016, a anuntat Academia suedeza, citata de AFP. Bob Dylan a fost premiat pentru „crearea de noi forme de exprimare poetica in marea traditie a muzicii americane”. Bob Dylan este primul muzician din istorie distins cu Premiul Nobel.
„Bob Dylan a scris o poezie pentru ureche”, a motivat Sara Danius, secretarul general al Academiei suedeze, alegerea Comitetului Nobel.
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The Nobel Prize in Literature 2016 was awarded to Bob Dylan „for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.
Famous, Famous-ish, and Not-at-All Famous Non-American Writers Who Are Not Going to Win
- Haruki Murakami (Japanese novelist and jogger; 4/1 odds)
- John Banville (Irish novelist; 20/1 odds)
- Milan Kundera (Czech novelist and playwright; 50/1 odds)
- William Trevor (Irish novelist, short story writer, and playwright; 66/1 odds)
- Rohinton Mistry (Indo-Canadian novelist and short story writer; 66/1 odds)
- Margaret Atwood (Canadian novelist, poet, and essayist; 66/1 odds)
- Paul Muldoon (Irish poet; 66/1 odds)
- Salman Rushdie (Indo-British novelist, short story writer, and Facebook user; 66/1 odds)
- Tom Stoppard (English playwright and screenwriter; 66/1 odds)
- Colm Toibin (Irish novelist, short story writer, and essayist; 66/1 odds)
- Julian Barnes (English novelist and essayist; 66/1 odds)
- Don Paterson (Scottish poet; 100/1 odds)
- A. S. Byatt (English novelist; 100/1 odds)
- James Kelman (Scottish novelist, short story writer, playwright, and essayist; 100/1 odds)
- Hilary Mantel (English novelist and short story writer; 100/1 odds)
Mostly these are famous writers who people have bet on because they’re famous. Some have strong claims to being Nobel-ish, but there’s always a “but.” Trevor is interesting, but he’s too similar to Alice Munro, who won in 2013. Stoppard would be great, but he wrote Shakespeare in Love. Atwood would be cool, but there’s Munro again, which means a Canadian isn’t going to win for a long, long time. Kundera seems like a Nobel contender in a lot of ways, but he isn’t even the best Czech writer of his generation (that’d be Ivan Klima) and he hasn’t done good work in a long, long time. Don Paterson clearly bet on himself to win, which is something I would advise marginal English language writers to do. And then there’s Murakami, who always leads the betting and has a credible claim to being our Dickens—an internationally popular, accessible, and often brilliant writer. But Murakami is not going to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.
One other interesting thing to note: Last year, the popular British novelists in contention, aka Chris Hitchens’s Former Designated Drivers, were Salman Rushdie and Ian McEwan; this year, Julian Barnes seems to have wrestled the keys away from McEwan, or perhaps McEwan’s Look Who’s Talking novelization was seen as being not Nobel material. (…)
Maybe, Just Maybe, This Year… Or Next Year…. Or, More Accurately, in Five Years
- Ismail Kadare (Albanian novelist and poet; 16/1 odds)
- Javier Marías (Spanish novelist, short story writer, essayist, and translator; 16/1 odds)
- László Krasznahorkai (Hungarian novelist and screenwriter; 20/1 odds)
- Cesar Aira (Argentine novelist, short story writer, and essayist; 20/1 odds)
- Peter Handke (Austrian novelist and playwright; 25/1 odds)
- Péter Nádas (Hungarian novelist, playwright, and essayist; 25/1 odds)
- Amos Oz (Israeli novelist; 25/1 odds)
- Adam Zagajewski (Polish poet and essayist; 33/1 odds)
- Enrique Vila-Matas (Spanish novelist; 66/1 odds)
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Last year’s Nobel Prize in Literature was something of a rarity in the award’s history in that the winner, Svetlana Alexievich, was favored to win by the British betting site Ladbrokes. Why bettors zeroed in on Alexievich remains a bit of a mystery, given that the Nobel tilts heavily toward fiction and Alexievich’s books are oral histories that combine fiction and non-fiction. In all likelihood, someone got their hands on the prize’s top-secret shortlist and bet big on Alexievich.
If Ladbrokes is to be trusted, the field this year is wide open. But it shouldn’t be trusted, not really, since so far people are betting on the same writers that they always bet on to win the Nobel Prize, most of whom don’t even have a chance. Pasta fetishist Haruki Murakami will not win the Nobel Prize. Bad tweeter Joyce Carol Oates will not win the Nobel Prize. The situation in Syria is so depressing that even the Nobel Committee for Literature, which loves to celebrate its own wokeness, won’t touch it with a ten-foot pole, which means that the poet and perennial Nobel bridesmaid Adonis also probably will not win it. Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong’o might have a shot, but the point is this: Murakami, Oates, Adonis, and Ngugi have led the Ladbrokes field for years not because they are contenders necessarily, but because people bet on them. (…)
Ladbrokes Favorites Who Actually Have a Shot (Maybe)
- Adonis (Syrian poet, essayist, and translator; 6/1 odds)
- Ngugi Wa Thiong’o (Kenyan novelist, playwright, short story writer, and essayist; 10/1 odds)
- Jon Fosse (Norwegian novelist and playwright; 20/1 odds)
- Ko Un (South Korean poet; 20/1 odds)
All of these writers are plausible and deserving candidates. Adonis, Ngugi, and Ko have been betting favorites for years, and there’s reason to suspect that Ngugi has made the shortlist at least once before. The Nobel Prize has often gone to writers who have been punished for fighting for civil rights, and all three have been imprisoned, while Adonis and Ngugi have both lived in exile. And the respective styles of these three writers are, to varying degrees, regionally representative.
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