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Hervé Le Tellier: His science fiction novel "L'anomalie" wins the Prix Goncourt


It is already a sales success, the series filming is already planned. The novel "L'anomalie" by Hervé Le Tellier has now been awarded the most important French literary prize. He is set in the near future.

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Writer Hervé Le Tellier

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The academy met virtually, the decision was made at a Zoom conference, not as usual at a meal in the Drouant restaurant in Paris: The 2020 Prix Goncourt goes to the writer Hervé Le Tellier for his novel "L'anomalie".

Various French media report this unanimously.

Perhaps fittingly in a year marked by a pandemic with many deaths, the Académie Goncourt awarded the most important French literature prize to a book that depicts an apocalyptic scenario.

The focus is on the passengers on a flight from Paris to New York in June 2021. The newspaper »Le Monde« recognizes elements of thriller and science fiction in the novel, with a build-up of tension that is reminiscent of TV series.

"L'anomalie" is already high on the French bestseller list - although the local bookstores have so far benefited less than usual because of the corona measures in the country.

According to the industry service "Livres Hebdo", a film version of the novel is already being planned - as a series.

Hervé Le Tellier, born in Paris in 1957, is a versatile author.

He heads the Groupe Oulipo, a group of writers dedicated to formal experiments.

He has already translated several books into German: After the novel “Nine Days in Lisbon” and the epistolary novel “I and the President”, dtv recently published the autobiographical work “All the happy families” in a translation by Jürgen and Romy Rides.

The Prix Renaudot, which is traditionally awarded on the same day as the Goncourt, goes to Marie-Hélène Lafon for the family novel "Histoire du fils" in 2020.

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Source: spiegel

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