US Goncourt Prize Selection

May 1, 2023

The Yale Department of French participated in the second edition of the Goncourt Choix US this year, alongside seven other universities: Columbia, Duke, Harvard, MIT, NYU, Princeton, and UVA. The Goncourt reading group debated the six following books—which corresponded to the (shortened) second list of the French Goncourt Prize:

  • Le Mage du Kremlin, Giuliano da Empoli (Gallimard) 
  • Vivre vite, Brigitte Giraud (Flammarion) 
  • Les Presque Sœurs, Cloé Korman (Seuil) 
  • Une Somme humaine, Makenzy Orcel (Rivages) 
  • La Petite Menteuse, Pascale Robert-Diard (L’Iconoclaste) 
  • La Vie clandestine, Monica Sabolo (Gallimard) 

The students In Morgane Cadieu’s “Contemporary French Literature in the Making class” who participated in the conversation this semester are Nicola Angeli, Abigail Fields, Sam Jones, Ethan Levinbook, Kexin Meng, Julien Néel, Nam Nguyen, Cristino Pacquing, Tiffany Premand, Jeanne Sauvage, and Ali Touilila.

Pierre Forfert and Tiffany Premand represented Yale on April 29th at Albertine Books when the jurors convened, debated, and selected their winner: Une somme humaine by Makenzy Orcel (Rivages).

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