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"L'ordre du jour" Wins Prix Goncourt Prize 2017

Published on November 09, 2017
Eric Vuillard's book "L'ordre du jour" has won the Prix Goncourt Prize which is considered to be the most prestigious in the French-speaking world.

Novel On Hitler's Rise Wins France's Top Book Award

  • The novel covers the story of how German industry and finance backed Adolf Hitler 
  • The book sticks doggedly to the facts, turns on a secret meeting in February 1933 between Hitler and the heads of Krupp, Siemens, Opel, IG Farben and other major industrial groups where they agreed to bankroll his election campaign.
  • The Renaudot award which is often seen as a consolation prize for those not shortlisted for the Goncourt, went to "The Disappearance of Josef Mengele" written by Journalist Olivier Guez 
  • The book is about the Nazis which walked the tightrope of historical fact.

About Prix Goncourt Prize

  • Edmond de Goncourt, a successful author, critic, and publisher, bequeathed his estate for the foundation and maintenance of the académie Goncourt.
  • In honour of his brother and collaborator, Jules Alfred Huot de Goncourt (1830–1870), the académie has awarded the Prix Goncourt every December since 1903.
  • The Prix Goncourt is a prize in French literature, given by the académie Goncourt to the author of "the best and most imaginative prose work of the year". 
  • Four other prizes are also awarded: Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman (first novel), prix Goncourt de la Nouvelle (short story), prix Goncourt de la Poésie (poetry) and prix Goncourt de la Biographie (biography). 
  • Of the "big six" French literary awards, the Prix Goncourt is the best known and most prestigious.
  • The other major literary prizes are the Grand Prix du roman de l'Académie française, the Prix Femina, the Prix Renaudot, the Prix Interallié and the Prix Médicis

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