(Paris) The novels of François-Henri Désérable, Gilles Martin-Chauffier and Mohamed Mbougar Sarr were selected by the French Academy on Thursday as finalists for its Grand Prix du roman.
This prize must be awarded under the Cupola on October 28. Endowed with 10,000 euros ($ 14,300), it is the most prestigious of the many literary awards given by the Immortals.
François-Henri Désrable, with My master and my conqueror (Gallimard), signs a subtle story, stuffed with literate references, of a love that ends badly.
Gilles Martin-Chauffier, in The last tribune (Grasset), delivers the fictitious memoirs of an Athenian in the Rome of Julius Caesar, at the end of the Republic.
Finally the Senegalese Mohamed Mbougar Sarr gives with The most secret memory of men (Philippe Rey) an extremely rich novel about a cursed writer, inspired by Malian Yambo Ouologuem (1940-2017).