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Albertine Prize 2018 Winner Announced!

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the second annual Albertine Prize is--drum roll, please--Anne Garréta’s Not One Day, translated by Emma Ramadan and published by Deep Vellum!

Among the five shortlisted titles, Not One Day triumphed after a five-month nationwide vote. Author Anne Garréta and translator Emma Ramadan were presented with the $10,000 prize at the ceremony on June 6 by the Albertine Prize co-chairs, Lydia Davis and François Busnel. If you missed the ceremony, or just want to relive it, you can watch it below.

Not One Day began as Garréta’s challenge to herself: to spend five hours a day, every day, for a whole month, writing about a woman she has desired or who has desired her. The result is an intimate, erotic, and occasionally bitter exploration of loves and lusts past; Garréta probes the overlap between memory, fantasy, and desire, allowing readers to dive headfirst into her thoughts and experiences in a way that is both rich and genuine.

Anne Garréta, a member of the renowned Oulipo experimental literary group since 2002, is a writer and professor at Duke University. She has penned six books, including the groundbreaking 1986 novel Sphinx; Not One Day, winner of the 2002 Prix Medicis, is her second book to be translated into English. Her current research covers gender and queer theory, contemporary cultural practices, and the relationships between literature and the sciences.

Emma Ramadan is a translator and co-owner of Riffraff, a bookstore/bar in Providence, Rhode Island. A 2016 PEN/Heim Translation Fund grant winner and recipient of a Fulbright fellowship in Morocco, Ramadan enjoys translating experimental, constraint-based writing; she previously worked with Garréta on a translation of Sphinx, and has also translated Oulipo member Frédéric Forte’s 33 Flat Sonnets. Her forthcoming translations include Virginie Despentes’ Pretty Things (Feminist Press) and Marcus Malte’s The Boy (Restless Books).

If you want to learn more about the winners and the other shortlisted titles, you’re in the right place! We’ve created a quiz to match you with the perfect book, and you can check out an interviews with Garréta and Ramadan to learn more about their work. As for us, see why we loved Not One Day in the video below and this recommendation!

Hungry for more? We have a whole crash course on the Prize for you!

The Albertine Prize, a reader’s choice award, is co-presented by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Van Cleef & Arpels and recognizes American readers’ favorite work of contemporary French fiction.