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The Prix Théophraste-Renaudot
or Prix Renaudot
(pʁi teofʁast rənodo) is a French
The French Republic , The French Republic , The French Republic , (commonly known as France , is a unitary semi-presidential republic in Western Europe with several overseas territories and islands located on other continents and in the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans. Metropolitan France...
A literary award is an award presented to an author who has written a particularly lauded piece or body of work. There are awards for forms of writing ranging from poetry to novels. Many awards are also dedicated to a certain genre of fiction or non-fiction writing . There are also awards...
which was created in 1926 by ten art critic
An art critic is a person who specializes in evaluating art. Their written critiques, or reviews, are published in newspapers, magazines, books and on web sites...
s awaiting the results of the deliberation of the jury of the Prix Goncourt
The Prix Goncourt is a prize in French literature, given by the académie Goncourt to the author of "the best and most imaginative prose work of the year"...
The Prix Renaudot, while not officially related to the Prix Goncourt, is a kind of complement to it, announcing its laureate at the same time and place as the Prix Goncourt, namely on the first Tuesday of November at the Drouant restaurant in Paris
Paris is the capital and largest city in France, situated on the river Seine, in northern France, at the heart of the Île-de-France region...
. The Renaudot jurors always pick an alternative laureate in case their first choice is awarded the Prix Goncourt.
The prize is named after Théophraste Renaudot
Théophraste Renaudot was a French physician, philanthropist, and journalist.Born in Loudun, Renaudot received a doctorate of medicine from the University of Montpellier in 1606. He returned to Loudon where he met Cardinal Richelieu and Père Joseph. In the 1610s, Richelieu became more powerful and...
, who created the first French newspaper in 1631.
Prix Renaudot laureates
- 1926: Nicolo Peccavi, Armand Lunel
Armand Lunel was a French writer and the last known speaker of Shuadit , a now-extinct Occitan language...
- 1927: Maïtena, Bernard Narbonne (Grasset)
- 1928: Le Joueur de triangle, André Obey
André Obey was a prominent French playwright during the inter-war years, and into the 1950s....
- 1929: La Table aux crevés, Marcel Aymé
Marcel Aymé was a French novelist, children's writer, humour writer and also a screenwriter and theatre playwright.- Biography :...
- 1930: Piège, Germaine Beaumont (Lemerre)
- 1931: L'Innocent, Philippe Hériat
Philippe Hériat was a multi-talented French novelist, playwright and actor.-Biography:Born Raymond Gérard Payelle, he studied with film director René Clair and in 1920 made his debut in silent film...
- 1932: Voyage au bout de la nuit, Louis-Ferdinand Céline
Louis-Ferdinand Céline was the pen name of French writer and physician Louis-Ferdinand Destouches . Céline was chosen after his grandmother's first name. He is considered one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century, developing a new style of writing that modernized both French and...
- 1933: Le roi dort, Charles Braibant (Denoël)
- 1934: Blanc, Louis Francis (Gallimard)
- 1935: Jours sans gloire, François de Roux (Gallimard)
- 1936: Les Beaux Quartiers, Louis Aragon
Louis Aragon , was a French poet, novelist and editor, a long-time member of the Communist Party and a member of the Académie Goncourt.- Early life :...
- 1937: Mervale, Jean Rogissart (Denoël)
- 1938: Léonie la bienheureuse, Pierre Jean Launay
Pierre Jean Launay was a French writer. He was born in Carrouges in the Lower Normandy region. His novel Léonie la bienheureuse met with notable success, winning both the Prix Renaudot and the Prix des Deux Magots in 1938.-Reference:...
- 1939: Les Javanais, Jean Malaquais
Jean Malaquais was a French novelist.He was born as Wladimir Malacki in Warsaw in 1908 of a non-religious Polish family of Jewish descent...
- 1940: La Vallée heureuse, Jules Roy
Jules Roy was a French writer. "Prolific and polemical" Roy, born an Algerian pied noir and sent to a Roman Catholic seminary, used his experiences as the French colony and during his service in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War to inspire a number of his words...
- 1941: Quand le temps travaillait pour nous, Paul Mousset (Grasset)
- 1942: Les Liens de chaîne, Robert Gaillard (Colbert)
- 1943: J'étais médecin avec les chars, Dr. André Soubiran (Didier)
- 1944: Les Amitiés particulières
Les amitiés particulières is a 1943 novel by French writer Roger Peyrefitte, probably his best known work today, which won the coveted prix Renaudot...
, Roger Peyrefitte
Roger Peyrefitte was a French diplomat, writer of bestseller novels and gossipy non-fiction, and a defender of gay rights.-Life and work:...
(La Table ronde)
- 1945: Le Mas Théotime, Henri Bosco
Henri Bosco was a French writer.Bosco was born in Avignon, Vaucluse into a family of Piedmontese origin. Through his father, he was related to Saint John Bosco, of whom he wrote a biography. His novels for adults and children provide a sensitive evocation of Provençal life...
- 1946: L'Univers concentrationnaire, David Rousset
David Rousset was a French writer and political activist, a recipient of Prix Renaudot, a French literary award....
- 1947: Je vivrai l'amour des autres, Jean Cayrol
Jean Cayrol was a French poet, publisher, and member of the Académie Goncourt. He is perhaps best known for writing the narration in Alain Resnais's 1955 documentary film, Night and Fog...
- 1948: Voyage aux horizons, Pierre Frisson (Julliard)
- 1949: Le Jeu de patience, Louis Guilloux
Louis Guilloux was a French writer born in Saint-Brieuc, Brittany, where he lived throughout his life. He is known for his Social Realist novels describing working class life and political struggles in the mid-twentieth century...
- 1950: Les Orgues de l'enfer, Pierre Molaine (Corréa)
- 1951: Le Dieu nu, Robert Margerit
Margerit Robert was a French journalist and writer.- Biography :He completed high school in Limoges; he was a journalist in Limoges in 1931....
- 1952: L'Amour de rien, Jacques Perry
Jacques Perry is a French novelist.He won the 1952 Prix Renaudot for L'Amour de rien, the 1966 Prix des Libraires for Vie d'un païen, and 1976 Prix du Livre Inter for Le Ravenala ou l'Arbre du voyageur.-Works:...
- 1953: La Dernière Innocence, Célia Bertin
Célia Bertin is a French writer, biographer, and winner of the 1953 Prix Renaudot.Celia Bertin is an Officer of the Legion of Honour, and an Officer of Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.- Biography :...
- 1954: Le Passage, Jean Reverzy
Jean Reverzy is a French general practitioner from Lyon who won the Prix Renaudot in 1954 for Le Passage , his first novel. It described the slow anguish of a patient with liver problems who returned with a tired wahine of Polynesia...
- 1955: Le Moissonneur d'épines, Georges Govy
Georges Govy is a French writer, journalist, and winner of the 1955 Prix Renaudot.-Life:His father was a famous painter, died during the Russian Revolution....
(La Table ronde)
- 1956: Le Père, André Perrin (Julliard)
- 1957: La Modification, Michel Butor
-Life and work:Michel Marie François Butor was born in Mons-en-Barœul. He studied philosophy at the Sorbonne, graduating in 1947. He has taught in Egypt, Manchester, Salonika, the United States, and Geneva...
- 1958: La Lézarde, Édouard Glissant
Édouard Glissant was a Martinican writer, poet and literary critic. He is widely recognised as one of the most influential figures in Caribbean thought and cultural commentary.-Life:...
- 1959: L'Expérience, Albert Palle
Albert Palle was a French writer, and winner of the 1959 Prix Renaudot.-Life:He was a friend of Raymond Aron, and student of Jean-Paul Sartre....
- 1960: Le Bonheur fragile, Alfred Kern
Alfred Kern was an American novelist and professor.He served as the Frederick F. Seely Professor of English at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, from the 1950s until his retirement in the mid-1980s....
- 1961: Les Blés, Roger Bordier
Roger Bordier is a French writer, winner of the 1961 Prix Renaudot.- Biography :First journalist to Blois and Paris, Roger Bordier became art critic for the magazine Art today...
- 1962: Le Veilleur de nuit, Simone Jacquemard
-Works:*La famille Borgia: Roman, R. Laffont, 1957; La Thune du Guay, 1960* Le Veilleur de nuit, Éditions du Seuil, 1962, Prix Renaudot* Trois Mystiques grecs, Albin Michel, 1997, ISBN 9782226089465...
- 1963: Le Procès-verbal, J.M.G. Le Clézio (Gallimard)
- 1964: L'Écluse, Jean-Pierre Faye
Jean-Pierre Faye is a French philosopher and writer of fiction and prose poetry.-Biography:Faye was a founding member of the avant-garde literary review Tel Quel, and later of Change. He received the Prix Renaudot for his 1964 novel L'Écluse...
- 1965: Les Choses, Georges Perec
Georges Perec was a French novelist, filmmaker, documentalist and essayist. He is a member of the Oulipo group...
- 1966: La Bataille de Toulouse, José Cabanis
José Cabanis was a French novelist, essayist, historian and magistrate. He was elected mainteneur of the Académie des Jeux floraux in 1965 and a member of the Académie française in 1990.- Works :...
- 1967: Le Monde tel qu'il est, Salvat Etchart
Salvat Etchart was a French writer, winner of the 1967 Prix Renaudot.- Biography :He moved to Martinique in 1955. He was critical of neo-colonial society.He taught French literature in Quebec, beginning in 1970.-Works:...
(Mercure de France)
- 1968: Le Devoir de violence, Yambo Ouologuem
Yambo Ouologuem is a Malian writer. His first novel, Le Devoir de Violence , won the Prix Renaudot. He later published Lettre à la France nègre , and Les mille et une bibles du sexe under the pseudonym Utto Rodolph...
- 1969: Les Feux de la colère, Max Olivier-Lacamp
Max Olivier-Lacamp is a French journalist and writer, winner of the Prix Renaudot in 1969, and Albert Londres Prize in 1958.- Biography :...
- 1970: Isabelle ou l'arrière-saison, Jean Freustié
Jean Freustié, aka Jean Pierre Teurlay was a French writer and literary critic. He won the 1969 Prix du roman de la société des gens de lettres, and 1970 Prix Renaudot, for Isabelle ou l'arrière-saison....
(La Table ronde)
- 1971: Le Sac du palais d'été, Pierre-Jean Rémy
Pierre-Jean Rémy is the pen-name of Jean-Pierre Angremy who was a French diplomat, novelist, and essayist. He was elected to the Académie française on 16 June 1988, and won the 1986 Grand Prix du roman de l'Académie française for his novel Une ville immortelle.-Early life:Rémy was born in...
- 1972: La Nuit américaine, Christopher Franck
Christopher Frank was a French writer, film director, and screenwriter. He won the 1972 Prix Renaudot, for La Nuit américaine.-Screenwriter:*1974 Le Mouton enragé Michel Deville...
- 1973: La Terrasse des Bernardini, Suzanne Prou
Suzanne Prou was a French novelist.She won the 1973 Prix Renaudot, for The Bernardini Terrace.She is buried in Montparnasse Cemetery.-Works:*Les Patapharis 1966...
- 1974: Voyage à l'étranger, Georges Borgeaud
Georges Borgeaud was a Swiss writer and publisher.-Biography:Georges Borgeaud studied at Collège d'Aubonne and Collège de Saint-Maurice, where he met Maurice Chappaz and Jean Cuttat....
- 1975: L'Homme de sable, Jean Joubert
Jean Joubert is a French novelist, short story writer, and poet.He won the 1978 Prix Mallarmé for Poems: 1955–1975...
- 1976: L'Amour les yeux fermés, Michel Henry
Michel Henry was a French philosopher and novelist. He wrote five novels and numerous philosophical works. He also lectured at universities in France, Belgium, the United States of America, and Japan.- Biography :...
- 1977: Les Combattants du petit bonheur, Alphonse Boudard
Alphonse Boudard is a French novelist and playwright. He won the 1977 Prix Renaudot for Les Combattants du petit bonheur....
(La Table ronde)
- 1978: L'Herbe à brûler, Conrad Détrez
Conrad Détrez was a Belgian novelist. He won the 1978 Prix Renaudot, for L' herbe à brûler.-Works:* Carlos Marighella, Conrad Detrez, Pour la liberation du Bresil Aubier-Montaigne, 1970...
- 1979: Affaires étrangères, Jean-Marc Roberts
Jean-Marc Roberts is a French editor, novelist, and screenwriter.-Life:He started writing in the early 1970s.He was awarded the 1973 Fénéon for Saturday, Sunday and holidays, and in 1979, the Prix Renaudot for his novel Foreign Affairs.He was an editor for Seuil, the Mercure de France and...
- 1980: Les Portes de Gubbio, Danièle Sallenave
Danièle Sallenave is a French novellist and journalist. In April 2011, she became a member of the Académie française.She won the Prix Renaudot in 1980 for her novel Les Portes de Gubbio....
- 1981: La Nuit du décret, Michel Del Castillo
Michel del Castillo is a French writer, born in Madrid.-Biography:Michel del Castillo was born in Madrid...
- 1982: La Faculté des songes, Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud (Grasset)
- 1983: Avant-Guerre, Jean-Marie Rouart
Jean-Marie Rouart is a French novelist, essayist and journalist. He was elected to the Académie française December 18, 1997.-Bibliography:*1974 La Fuite en Pologne...
- 1984: La Place, Annie Ernaux
Annie Ernaux is a French writer.She won the Prix Renaudot in 1984 for her book La Place, an autobiographical narrative focusing on her relationship with her father and her experiences growing up in a small town in France, and her subsequent process of moving into adulthood and away from her...
- 1985: Mes nuits sont plus belles que vos jours, Raphaëlle Billetdoux (Grasset)
- 1986: Station balnéaire, Christian Giudicelli
Christian Giudicelli is a French novelist, literary critic.His seventh novel, Station balnéaire, was awarded the 1986 Prix Renaudot.- Biography :He is a member of the jury Renaudot since 1993....
- 1987: L'Enfant halluciné, René-Jean Clot
René-Jean Clot was a French painter, and novelist. His novel, L'Enfant halluciné, won the 1987 Prix Renaudot.He corresponded with Albert Camus.-Works:* L’Annonciation à la licorne, coll...
- 1988: Hadriana dans tous mes rêves, René Depestre
René Depestre is a Haitian poet and communist. He lived in Cuba as an exile from the Duvalier regime for many years and was a founder of the Casa de las Americas publishing house. He is best known for his poetry.-Life:...
- 1989: Les Comptoirs du Sud, Philippe Doumenc
Philippe Doumenc is a French novelist. His first novel, Les Comptoirs du Sud won the 1989 Prix Renaudot.He is the grandson of Aimé Doumenc .-Works:...
- 1990: Les Frères Romance, Jean Colombier (Calmann-Lévy)
- 1991: La Séparation, Dan Franck
Dan Franck is a French novelist.His novel La Séparation won the 1991 Prix Renaudot, and was made into a movie, La Séparation.-Works:*Apolline, Seuil, 1997, ISBN 9782020307451...
- 1992: La Démence du boxeur, François Weyergans
François Weyergans is a Belgian writer and director. His father, Franz Weyergans, was a Belgian and also a writer, while his mother was from Avignon in France...
- 1993: Les Corps célestes, Nicolas Bréhal
Nicolas Bréhal was a French novelist and literary critic.He was literary director at the Mercure de France and literary critic ar Le Monde and Le Figaro....
- 1994: Comme ton père, Guillaume Le Touze
-Biography :After holding various jobs, he was recruited as a designer for the publishing house L'Ecole des Loisirs, who published his first children's book in 1991...
- 1995: Les Braban, Patrick Besson
-Life:Besson was born of a Russian father and a Croatian mother . He published his first novel, Early Mornings Of Love, in 1974, aged 17.A Communist sympathizer, Besson is a literary chronicler with the newspaper L'Humanité...
- 1996: Un silence d'environ une demi-heure, Boris Schreiber
Boris Schreiber was a French writer. His autobiography Un silence d'environ une demi-heure, won the Prix Renaudot in 1996.-Life:...
- 1997: Les Voleurs de beauté, Pascal Bruckner
Pascal Bruckner is a French writer.-Biography:After studies at the university Paris I and Paris VII Diderot, and then at the École Pratique des Hautes Études, Bruckner became maître de conférences at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, and collaborator at the Nouvel Observateur.Bruckner...
- 1998: Le Manuscrit de Port-Ebène, Dominique Bona (Gallimard)
- 1999: L'Enfant léopard, Daniel Picouly
Daniel Picouly is a French writer. near ParisHe was raised in a family of 13 children, his parents were born in the French overseas territory of Martinique.He became a professor of economics in Paris....
- 2000: Allah n'est pas obligé, Ahmadou Kourouma
Ahmadou Kourouma was an Ivorian novelist.-Life:The eldest son of a distinguished Malinké family, Ahmadou Kourouma was born in 1927 in Côte d'Ivoire. Raised by his uncle, he initially pursued studies in Bamako, Mali...
- 2001: Céleste, Martine Le Coz
Martine Le Coz is a French novelist.She won the 2001 Prix Renaudot, for Céleste.-Novels:*Gilles de Raiz, la confession imaginaire, 1989; Éditions du Rocher, 2002, ISBN 9782268042688...
(Editions du Rocher)
- 2002: Assam, Gérard de Cortanze
Gerard de Cortanze is a French writer, essayist, translator and literary critic.He won the Prix Renaudot in 2002 for his historical novel Assam.He was awarded chevalier of the Legion of Honor in 2009.-Career:...
- 2003: Les Âmes grises
Les Âmes grises is a novel by the French author Philippe Claudel. It is a first person narrative which revolves around the murder of a young girl in a small provincial French town near the Western Front in 1917. The book was published in France in 2005 and won the Prix Renaudot...
, Philippe Claudel
Philippe Claudel , is a French writer and film director.Claudel was born in Dombasle-sur-Meurthe, Meurthe-et-Moselle. In addition to his writing, Claudel is a Professor of Literature at the University of Nancy....
- 2004: Suite française
Suite française is the title of a planned sequence of five novels by Irène Némirovsky, a French writer of Ukrainian Jewish origin. In July 1942, having just completed the first two of the series, Némirovsky was arrested as a Jew and detained at Pithiviers and then Auschwitz, where she allegedly...
, Irène Némirovsky
Irène Némirovsky was a French novelist who died at the age of 39 in Auschwitz, Nazi Germany occupied Poland. She was killed by the Nazis for being classified as a Jew under the racial laws, which did not take into account her conversion to Roman Catholicism.-Biography:Irène Némirovsky was born in...
- 2005: Mes mauvaises pensées, Nina Bouraoui
Nina Bouraoui is a French writer born in Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, of an Algerian father and a French mother. She spent the first fourteen years of her life in Algiers, then Zürich and Abu Dhabi...
- 2006: Mémoires de porc-épic, Alain Mabanckou
Alain Mabanckou is an author and journalist who currently resides in the United States.-Life:Alain Mabanckou was born in Congo-Brazzaville in 1966. He spent his childhood in the coastal village of Pointe-Noire where he received his baccalaureate in Letters and Philosophy at the Lycée Karl Marx...
- 2007: Chagrin d'école, Daniel Pennac
Daniel Pennac is a French writer. He received the Prix Renaudot in 2007 for his essay Chagrin d'école.After studying in Nice he became a teacher...
- 2008: Le Roi de Kahel (The King of Kahel
The King of Kahel is a 2008 French-language novel by Guinean author Tierno Monénembo. It won the 2008 prix Renaudot. It was translated in 2010 to English by Nicholas Elliott and published by AmazonCrossing, Amazon.com's translated fiction publishing imprint...
), Tierno Monénembo
Thierno Saïdou Diallo, usually known as Tierno Monénembo , is a Francophone Guinean novelist. Born in Guinea, he later lived in Senegal, Algeria, Morocco, and finally France since 1973...
- 2009: Un roman français, Frédéric Beigbeder
Frédéric Beigbeder is a French writer and literary critic. He won the Prix Interallié in 2003 for his novel Windows on the World and the Prix Renaudot in 2009 for his book Un roman français...
- 2010: Apocalypse bébé, Virginie Despentes
Virginie Despentes is a French writer, novelist and filmmaker.-Life:She settled in Lyon, where she worked multiple odd jobs; including maid, prostitute in "massage parlors" and peep shows, recorded store sales, and a freelance rock journalist and pornographic film critic.She moved to Paris.Her...
- 2011: Limonov, Emmanuel Carrère
Emmanuel Carrère is a French author, screenwriter and director. He is the son of Louis Édouard Carrère, often known as Louis Carrère d'Encausse after his wife's pen name, and French historian Hélène Carrère d'Encausse....
Prix Renaudot essay
- 2003 : Dictionnaire amoureux de l'Amérique, Yves Berger (Plon)
- 2004 : Madame Proust, Évelyne Bloch-Dano (Grasset)
- 2005 : Le Roman de Constantinople, Gilles Martin-Chauffier (Le Rocher)
- 2006 : Jean-François Revel : un esprit libre, Pierre Boncenne (Plon)
- 2007 : Le Benarès-Kyôto, Olivier Germain-Thomas (Le Rocher)
- 2008 : Autobiographie d'un épouvantail, Boris Cyrulnik
Boris Cyrulnik is a French doctor, ethologist, neurologist, and psychiatrist.Being of Jewish origin, he was entrusted to protection from a foster family. In 194x he was taken with adults in a nazi-led capture in Bordeaux...
- 2009 : Alias Caracalla, Daniel Cordier (Gallimard)
- 2010 : L'affaire de l'esclave Furcy, Mohammed Aïssaoui (Gallimard)
Prix Renaudot paperback
- 2009 : Palestine, Hubert Haddad (Le Livre de Poche/Zulma)
- 2010 : L'origine de la violence, Fabrice Humbert (Le Livre de poche)
Prix Renaudot young adult
- 2007 : Le Cœur cousu Carole Martinez, (Gallimard)
- 2008 : Le Voyage du fils Olivier Poivre d'Arvor, (Grasset)
- 2009 : Ce que je sais de Vera Candida Véronique Ovaldé, (L’Olivier)
- 2010 : Dans la nuit brune Agnès Desarthe, (L’Olivier)