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Elite French literati are called to book as the winds of change blow through Le Prix Goncourt

John Downing


Officially, the prize is just a €10 cheque, but the real reward is runaway sales and translation into dozens of languages. The 2021 winner has so far sold 370,000 copies and translation rights for 40 languages. The 2020 laureate topped an extraordinary one million sales.

We are talking about France’s answer to the Booker Prize, Le Prix Goncourt, which has been around since 1903 and was in the past won by some of the greats of French and world literature such as Marcel Proust, Simone de Beauvoir and Marguerite Duras.

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