The jury of the Prix des cinq continents de la Francophonie, meeting on September 27 at the headquarters of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) in Paris, declared Romanian author Liliana Lazar the winner of the 2010 award for her first novel, Terre des affranchis (Gaia, Paris, 2009). The jury described it as "a harsh political and metaphysical tale in which there is no redemption in the struggle between good and evil and brutal reality."
Abdou Diouf, Secretary General of La Francophonie, will award the prize to the author at a ceremony before the members of the jury on Friday, October 22 at Château de Chillon in Montreux (Switzerland) during the XIII Summit of Heads of State and Government of La Francophonie.
Prix des cinq continents was created by the International Organization of La Francophonie. Every year, it recognizes literary talent that reflects the expression of cultural and editorial diversity in French on all six continents. It is awarded for a novel by a writer describing a specific cultural experience in French. The prize includes 10,000 euros, and the OIF works to promote the author internationally.