A 48-year-old biology teacher from Lyon, Alexis Jenni, has won France’s most prestigious literary award, the Prix Goncourt, for his novel The French Art of War. According to news reports, Mr. Jenni writes on the weekends and while this novel was his third completed manuscript it was the first to get published.
“A journey through France’s military history in Indochina, Algeria and at home, Jenni’s 600-page novel is told through the eyes of Victorien Salagnon, a war veteran who becomes a painter, and the young man he teaches to paint in exchange for writing his story,” reports the Guardian.
Following criticism that the Man Booker Prize, the prestigious British literary award that goes each year to a writer from the Commonwealth or Ireland, no longer deserves its reputation as a badge of literary achievement, a new literary prize for the U.K. has been announced that purports to “establish a clear and uncompromising standard of excellence.”
Literary Review, a British monthly publication, does its best to alleviate the pains caused by all the cringe-inducing, overwrought, or just plain gross sex scenes that appear in the pages of the world’s most acclaimed novels. Each year it hands out a Bad Sex Award to a novelist who rendered that sacred sensual act laughably Read More
The Nobel Prize, literature
The Swedish Academy announced this morning that Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa will be the 2010 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature. In a statement on its website, the academy said they decided to award Llosa for his “cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual’s resistance, revolt, and Read More
Literary Odds, GAMBLING, Awards
With time running out to place bets on the novels shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize before the winner is announced on Oct. 12, literary gambling aficionados can now direct their attention to the writers in the running for the Nobel Prize. The spread that’s up on the British betting site Ladbrokes.com Read More