The first selection of the Goncourt Prize 2022 – Livres Hebdo

The 2022 literary awards season is already well underway. Tuesday, September 6, the ten members of the Goncourt Academy, chaired by Didier Decoin, all met, for the first time in many months, at Drouant to establish their first selection. Fifteen novels appear on this first list.

The Madrigall group appears in force, with seven titles (three Gallimard, two Flammarion, one Mercure de France, and one Minuit), far ahead of the Hachette Livre group and its two Stock titles. Note in this selection the absence of Grasset, and the novel by Giuliano da Empoli, The Mage of the Kremlin (Gallimard), published in the spring, which does not appear in the literary season.

Finally, we find among the list Monica Sabolo which returns after 2017 and Summer (JC Lattes), yves ravey who has just won the Booksellers / Le Point prize with Taormina (Editions de Minuit) and a first-time novelist, Sarah Jollien Fardelwhose His favorite (Sabine Wespieser) is also still in the running for the Fnac novel prize, awarded in two days.

The first selection for the 2022 Goncourt Prize:

Muriel BARBERY, An hour of fervorSouth Acts

Gregory BOUILLIER, The heart does not give inFlammarion

Nathan DEVERS, The artificial linksAlbin Michael

Giuliano da EMPOLI, The Mage of the KremlinGallimard

Carole FIVESSomething to tell youGallimard

Sabyl GHOUSSOUB, Beirut-sur-SeineInventory

Brigitte Giraud, live fastFlammarion

Sarah JOLLIEN-FARDEL, His favoriteSabine Wespieser

Cloe Korman, Almost SistersThreshold

Makenzy ORCEL, A human sumShores

Yves RAVEY, TaorminaEditions de Minuit

Pascale ROBERT DIARD, The little liarThe Iconoclast

Emmanuel RUBEN, The MediterraneanInventory

Monica Sabolo, The clandestine lifeGallimard

Anne SERREOur dear old lady authorMercury of France

All of this selection participates in the Goncourt des lycéens, organized in parallel by Fnac and the Ministry of National Education and whose winner will be known on Thursday, November 24, from Rennes. Last year, Clara Dupont Monod had won the 34th edition of this prize with his novel Adaptpublished by Stock.

A few rules have changed for this edition of Goncourt 2022

The works of the spouses, companions or close relatives of the members of the jury” are ineligible to avoid the debates which had followed the revelation in 2021 of the relationship between a juror, Camille Laurensand an author, Francois Noudelmann.

On the other hand, “the members of the jury who hold a literary section in a media refrain from reviewing the works which appear in the selection as long as these works appear therein“.

The rule leaves the possibility of saying good or bad about a book before the selection. That’s what does Pierre Assouline on his blog: among other things, he gives a mixed review of the book by Virginie Despenteswhich he has “enjoyed reading“but let him find”reassuring at the risk of seeming consensual“.

The winner known on Thursday 03 November

The next two selections for the Goncourt 2022 prize will take place on October 4 and 25, from Beirut for the latter, and it is on Thursday November 3 that the name of the successor to Mohamed Mbougar Sarr, 119e winner for his novel The most secret memory of men (Philippe Rey/Jimsaan).

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The first selection of the Goncourt Prize 2022 – Livres Hebdo