The Prix Médicis awarded to Emmanuelle Bayamack-Tam

The Médicis prize for French novels, the penultimate of the great autumn literary prizes, was awarded on Tuesday, November 8, to Emmanuelle Bayamack-Tam for the thirteenth hourpublished by POL editions. “I’m glad. I feel like I’m part of a line”welcomed during a press conference, citing former winners such as Georges Perec, Mathieu Lindon or Marie Darrieussecq.

“It is a novel, of course, but also a tribute to poetry. (…) I can only say once again how proud I am to have such a great award”rejoiced the 56-year-old French teacher. the thirteenth hour tells the story of Farah, a teenager who lives in a community in an ancient feminist, queer and animalist church, where Nerval or Rimbaud are recited.

The other seven finalists were Diaty Diallo for Two seconds of burning air (Threshold), Virginie Despentes by dear idiot (Grasset), Claudie Hunzinger for a dog at my table (Grasset), Victor Jestin by the man dancing (Flammarion), Olivia Rosenthal for A monkey at my window (Vertical), Monica Sabolo by the underground life (Gallimard) and Anne Serre for our dear old lady (Mercury of France).

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The Interallié Prize, the last autumn literary award

The Medici Prize for Foreign Novel went to Andrei Kurkov for gray bees (Liana Levi editions), a novel about the absurdity of the conflict unleashed by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine in 2014. “The fact that a book narrating the situation in Ukraine has been awarded means that there will be more readers for this book”said the Russian-speaking Ukrainian author. “Ukraine remains a very important issue for the world (…) It is a human story, about people who live in war. It’s not about the fighters, but I think the book explains a lot about the current situation in Ukraine.”continued the author, convinced that “more people are going to be interested in what’s going on[y] spend “.

The Medici Prize for Essay was awarded to Georges Didi-Huberman for the witness of the end (Les Minuit Editions). “This little book that was chosen -thank you very much- is a small volume on a case that deserves it”explained the philosopher. Dedicates this book to Victor Klemperer, “a great philologist who decided to stay in Dresden” under Nazism to study the changes in the German language under a totalitarian regime.

After the Medici, the Interallié prize will mark the end of the literary awards season on Wednesday. The Goncourt was awarded on Thursday to Brigitte Giraud for live fast (Flammarion) and Femina on Tuesday to Claudie Hunzinger for a dog at my table, also selected by the Medici jury. In 2021, the Prix Médicis was awarded to Christine Angot for the journey east (Flamarion).

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