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Literary prizes: illusion or consecration?



Thursday 9th November


7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

in Belgravia

Price Member (please login) £20
Price Non-Member £70




Thursday 9th November 2017


7:00 pm to 9:00 pm




SW1 London



Patrick Besson is a French writer and journalist. Born in Paris on June 1, 1956, he has published about thirty novels and twenty compilations of articles. Since 2002, he has been an editorialist at the French magazine Le Point. Laureat of the grand prize of the novel of the Académie Francaise in 1985 and of the prize Renaudot in 1995, he sits today as juror to the latter.



Please note that this conversation will be in French.

Two days after Joseph Andras’s De Nos Frères Blessés was announced as the winner of the Goncourt first novel prize, French literati were stunned when Andras turned it down because his “conception of literature is incompatible with the idea of a competition”. A stance Andras shares with John le Carré, who asked (unsuccessfully) to be removed from the 2011 Man Booker international prize shortlist because “I do not compete for literary prizes”.

In a face to face conversation, Patrick Besson will explain the different aspects of literary prizes, and what they represent in France on the artistic, mediatic and commercial level.

He will also raise the stakes and issues of these awards and the intrigues related to the awarding of literary prizes.