Vuillard wins Prix Goncourt
10 November, 2017
Prix Goncourt, the most prestigious literary award in the world of French culture, has been given to Eric Vuillard for his novel The Agenda (original title L'ordre du jour), AFP reports the announcement of the jury chaired by Bernard Pivot.
The Renaudot award, often seen as a consolation prize for those not shortlisted for the Goncourt, went to The Disappearance of Josef Mengele (La disparition de Joseph Menguele) by Olivier Guez.
The Agenda is a fascinating read on how the financial support of German industrialists was crucial in Adolf Hitler's rise to power, the Anschluss, and maintaining the Nazi military machine.
Vuillard, 49, is the only one among the four Prix Goncourt finalists whose book was published in the spring and not this autumn.
The other three finalists are Veronique Olmi for Bakhita, Alice Zeniter for The Art of Losing, and Yannick Haenel for Hold Your Crown.