Prix Médicis shortlist, 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature announced

October 9, 2014 § Leave a comment

Two bits of literary news to share, both of which deal with French writers:

It was announced this morning that French writer Patrick Modiano won the 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature.  He is the first Prix Goncourt (France’s most prestigious literary prize) winner to be selected as a Nobel laureate.

Also, the Prix Médicis, another French literary award that’s been around for over 50 years and is intended to recognize writers whose talent outstrips their fame, has released their short list.  Out of the eight titles, I’ve read/am reading four, and I hope to have reviews of most, if not all, of them posted by early November, when the winner is announced:

  • Véronique Bizot, Ame qui vive (Actes Sud)
  • Claudie Hunzinger, La langue des oiseaux (Grasset)
  • Hedwige Jeanmart, Blanès (Gallimard)
  • Frank Maubert, Visible la nuit (Fayard)
  • Laurent Mauvignier, Autour du monde (Minuit)
  • Eric Reinhardt, L’amour et les forêts (Gallimard)
  • Antoine Volodine, Terminus radieux (Seuil)
  • Valérie Zenatti, Jacob Jacob (L’Olivier)

And now the Prix Médicis shortlist for translated fiction:

  • Margaret Atwood, MaddAddam (Robert Laffont), traduit de l’anglais (Canada) par Patrick Dusoulier.
  • Lily Brett, Lola Bensky (La grande ourse), traduit de l’anglais (Australie) par Bernard Cohen.
  • Anthony Marra, Une constellation de phénomènes vitaux (J.C. Lattès), traduit de l’anglais (Etats-Unis) par Dominique Defert.
  • Antonio Moresco, La petite lumière (Verdier), traduit de l’italien par Laurent Lombard.
  • James Salter, Et rien d’autre (L’Olivier), traduit de l’anglais (Etats-Unis) par Marc Amfreville.
  • Taiye Selasi, Le ravissement des innocents (Gallimard), traduit de l’anglais (Royaume Uni) par Sylvie Schneiter.
  • Evie Wyld, Tous les oiseaux du ciel (Actes Sud), traduit de l’anglais (Australie) par Mireille Vignol.

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