Tag Archives: Prix Goncourt

Une bibliothèque est une chambre d’amis

Moroccan writer Tahar ben Jelloun was born on December 1, 1944. Although his first language is Arabic, all of his many books have been written in French. He was educated in both languages and became a professor of philosophy. He … Continue reading

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Ravalement

French writer and politician André Malraux was born in Paris on November 3, 1901. He lived in a world of women – his mother, aunt, and grandmother – after the divorce of his parents. Malraux was largely self-educated.  He began … Continue reading

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Prendre le contre-pied

French writer, filmmaker, and poet Michel Houellebecq was born Michel Thomas on February 26, 1958, or 1956 according to his birth certificate from the little island of Réunion off the coast of Africa. His contradictory date of birth and dual … Continue reading

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Un écrivain du dimanche

On November 3, 2011, Alexis Jenni won France’s most prestigious literary prize, the Goncourt. Jenni is a 48 year old high-school biology teacher from Lyon and a father of three. He thought of himself as “un écrivain du dimanche” (uhn ek-ri-vahn … Continue reading

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Faire son deuil de quelque chose

Author Henri Troyat was born on November 1, 1911. He was actually born in Russia as Lev Aslanovich Tarasov, but his family left just ahead of the Revolution. His family wandered Europe for a few years before coming to rest … Continue reading

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Dieu a fait le coït, l’homme a fait l’amour

French writer Edmond Huot de Goncourt was born on May 26, 1822. He and his brother Jules were part of a circle of friends that included such luminaries of realism as Émile Zola, Guy de Maupassant, August Rodin, and Gustave … Continue reading

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On ne trouve pas la solitude, on la fait

    Marguerite Duras was born on April 4, 1914 in the former French colony of Saigon. Her childhood was difficult, due to economic hardship and family violence. A sexual relationship with an older Chinese man while she was in … Continue reading

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