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David Diop, Winner of the International Booker Prize 2021, Answers Some Questions

David Diop's At Night All Blood is Black (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2021, translated from French by Anna Moschovakis) was announced as the winner of the 2021 International Booker Prize on June 2nd. The author granted an interview to the French Institute in the UK and discussed the relation between literature and history, writing for young readers and translation and francophony.

Born in 1966 in Paris, David Diop is the first French author to win the International Booker Prize. He was raised in Senegal, and now lives in France, where he is a professor at the University of Pau. Diop's research focuses on such topics as eighteenth-century French literature and European representations of Africa in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

His second novel, At Night All Blood is Black (Frère d’âme) portrays a young man’s descent into madness and tells the little-heard story of a Senegalese man who fought for France on the Western Front during World War I.

Published as a lead title of the 2018 French rentrée littéraire by Éditions du Seuil, the novel received fourteen prizes including the Prix Goncourt des lycéens, eight out of the twenty Foreign Choix Goncourt, the Kourouma prize and the Strega europeo prize in Italy.

 

 

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