French Books USA: Week In Review
Hélène Cixous Wins the Prix de la Langue Française
Hélène Cixous was awarded the Prix de la langue française. Created by the French city of Brive in 1986, the prize recognizes writers, artists and scientists who, through their work, have made substantial contributions toward demonstrating the beauty of the French language. Cixous’s work, which encompasses over 60 titles, includes essays about authors such as Joyce and Kafka, as well as autobiographical fiction.
The Musée d’Orsay Launches Sade Website
The Musée d’Orsay’s new exhibition, “Sade, Attaquer le Soleil” (“Sade, Attacking the Sun”), which centers on the way in which Alphonse Donatien de Sade revolutionized literature and art, opened Monday. The museum launched an accompanying website with information, interviews, and book details about the revolutionary writer (from whose name the term “sadism” is derived).
Kamel Daoud Wins the Prix François Mauriac
Kamel Daoud has just been awarded the François Mauriac Prize for his first novel, Meursault, contre-enquête (Mersault, Second Inquiry). The award recognizes the work of a young writer. Daoud, 44, was previously awarded this year’s Five Continents of the Francophone World Prize, and Mersault, contre-enquête is also in the running for the Prix Goncourt.
Mapping Mondiano’s Paris
Le Nouvel Observateur has put together a Google Map consisting of the many Parisian addresses mentioned in the books of Nobel Prize Winner Patrick Modiano.
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