2015 Prix Goncourt and Prix Renaudot Literary Awards
Mathias Enard has just received France’s prestigious Prix Goncourt literary prize for his novel Boussole [Compass] (published by Actes Sud). Enard is already multi-award-winning author. In the past, he has won such awards as the Prix Goncourt des lycéens, a highly-prestigious literary award for young writers, which he received in 2010 for Parle-leur de batailles, de rois et d'éléphants [Tell them of battles, kings and elephants]. Boussole tells the story of a musicologist with a great fondness for the Middle East and his struggle with two particular issues: his own insomnia and his unrequited love of an unattainable young woman who knows a great deal about the Middle East as well.
** If you’d like to hear more, France culture has audio recordings of shows with and about Mathias Enard on its website ** (French only)
Delphine de Vigan earned the 2015 Prix Renaudot for her book D’après une histoire vraie [Based on a True Story]. She published her first book, an autobiographical novel about anorexia entitled Jours sans faim [Days without Hunger], in 2001 under the pseudonym Lou Delvig. In 2011, her novel Rien ne s’oppose à la nuit [Nothing Holds Back the Night] earned her a number of awards, including the Prix Renaudot des lycéens.
Her latest work, a psychological thriller, tells the story of a writer—one who is very similar to the author herself—and her unhealthy relationship with “L”, a heaven-sent friend who gradually becomes more and more possessive as the story develops. Even before being named as an award-winner, this novel was already a hit with readers.
** If you’d like to hear more, France culture has audio recordings of shows with and about Delphine de Vigan on its website ** (French only)