Cultural diversity “in French” honored in the literary world
In a November 25, 2008 press release, the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) stated that “French-language literature occupies a place of honor this year, earning prestigious Swedish, French, and even Chinese prizes,” adding, “the diversity of French-language writers, the place held by their works in world literature, and the international distinctions they earn are the most eloquent testimonies to the richness and vitality of the French language.”
To illustrate its statements, the OIF points to the following prestigious awards earned by French-language authors:
- The Nobel Prize in Literature, awarded to Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio for the collected body of his work. In January 2008 in Beijing, together with five other foreign writers, he received an award for best foreign writer for 2006 from Chinese publisher The People’s Literary Publishing House.
- The Goncourt Prize, awarded to Franco-Afghan writer and filmmaker Atiq Rahimi for Syngué sabour. Pierre de patience. (P.O.L., 2008)
- The Théophraste Renaudot Prize, awarded to Guinean writer Tierno Monénembo for Le Roi de Kahel. (Seuil, 2008)
- The France Télévisions Prize, awarded to Franco-Algerian writer Yasmina Khadra for Ce que le jour doit à la nuit. (Julliard, 2008)
- The Décembre Prize, awarded to Mathias Enard for Zone. (Actes Sud, 2008)
- In addition to the Mallarmé Prize, Seymus Dagtekin received the Académie française Théophile Gautier Prize for his collection of poems entitled Juste un pont sans feu. (Le Castor Astral, 2007)
For more information on each of these writers, please see the full OIF press release.