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Goncourt 2022 Brigitte Giraud

Goncourt 2022 Brigitte Giraud

Le Goncourt 2022 crowns Brigitte Giraud for live fast, published by Flammarion. She wins ahead of Giuliano da Empoli and Kremlin mag (Gallimard), after fourteen rounds of voting. She succeeds Mohamed Mbougar Sarr, crowned in 2021 for The most secret memories of men (Philip Rey).

“We are awarding a writer who already has a strong career behind her and a book that, under the guise of a very simple one, poses a very serious question, a question of destiny,” explained Didier Decoin, president of the Académie Goncourt, whose statements were reported by the media Books of the week. “I defended Brigitte Giraud’s novel from the beginning and we had heated discussions. And Empoli’s novel is an excellent novel, more immediate and current, but less romantic, less fascinating. However, I am extremely happy that it won the French Academy Award, this book will not stop there and will continue to climb very high”, he added, quoting him. Books of the week.

The book by Brigitte Giraud, who was also a bookseller, journalist and translator, looks back on a significant episode in her life: the disappearance of her companion in 1999. “Twenty years after the accidental death of her husband Claude on a motorcycle, the author returns to the days leading up to the accident 22 .June 1999. It recalls the perspective of relocation, family obligations, joys and daily hassles,” summarizes the publisher. The epigraph, signed by Patrick Autréaux, which opens the book sets the right tone: “To write is to be taken to this place that one would like to avoid” .

The jury of the Académie Goncourt was composed of: Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, Pascal Bruckner, Paule Constant, Patrick Rambaud, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Camille Laurens, Françoise Chandernagor, Philippe Claudel and Pierre Assouline, chaired by Didier Decoin.

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