The second list of the Medici Prize has been unveiled

The authors Santiago Amigorena (The First Exile), Christophe Donner (France goy), Céline Minard (Plasmas) and Christine Angot (The Journey to the East) are among the eight finalists selected in the “French and French-speaking novels” category.

Who to succeed Chloé Delaume? After those of Goncourt and Femina, the jurors of the Medici Prize have just made public their new lists of French, foreign and selected novels, as well as a choice of essays. Author particularly spoiled by the first selections of the autumn grand prix, the Senegalese Mohamed Mbougar Sarr (The most secret memory of men) has disappeared from the final selection, and therefore remains among the semi-finalists of the Goncourt, Femina, Renaudot (pending the second list which should not be long), December and French Academy awards.

Among the eight finalist novels, note the presence of Santiago Amigorena (The First Exile), by Christophe Donner (including France goy was removed from Goncourt), Céline Minard (Plasmas) and Christine angot (The Journey to the East), already used by Goncourt and Femina. On the foreign side, the jurors eliminated two titles, including that of the Booker Prize, Douglas Stuart. On the other hand, The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr., finalist for the National Book Awards, remains in the list. Noted for his big novel on exile, the Cuban Leonardo Padura (Dust in the wind) is therefore still in the running, as for the Femina. Same course for the Russian Gouzel Iakhina and her superb Children of the Volga.

Finally, among the essays, the members of the Medici elected the very noticed account of Jakuta Alikavazovic (Like a sky in us) and Life behind you by Antoine Compagnon, already reviewed in The literary Figaro . The awards ceremony is scheduled for October 26.

8 French and French-speaking novels, in alphabetical order of author:

• Santiago Amigorena: The First Exile, POL

• Christine Angot: The Journey to the East, Flammarion

• Arthur Dreyfus: Sex diary of a boy today, POL

• Christophe Donner: France goy, Stifle

• Kevin Lambert: You will love what you killed, The new Attila

• Céline Minard: Plasmas, Shores

• Christine Montalbetti: What an existence is, POL

• Maud Ventura: My husband, The Iconoclast

9 foreign novels (in alphabetical order of author):

• Ahmet Atlan: Madame Hayat, translated from Turkish by Julien Lapeyre de Cabanes, Actes Sud

• Gabriela Cabezon Camara: The adventures of China Iron, translated from Spanish (Argentina) by Guillaume Contré, L’Ogre

• Jan Carson: The Fire Throwers, translated from English (Northern Ireland) by Dominique Goy-Blanquet, Sabine Wespieser

• Lucy Fricke: Missed Opportunities, translated from German by Isabelle Liber, Le Quartanier

• Gouzel Iakhina: Children of the Volga, translated from Russian by Maud Mabillard, Noir sur Blanc

• Robert Jones, Jr.: The Prophets, translated from English (United States) by David Fauquemberg, Grasset

• Jonas Hassen Khemiri: The paternal clause, translated from Swedish by Marianne Ségol-Samoy, Actes Sud

• Leonardo Padura: Dust in the wind, translated from Spanish (Cuba) by René Solis, Métailié

• Natasha Trethewey: Memorial Drive, translated from English (United States) by Céline Leroy, L’Olivier

12 essays (in alphabetical order of author):

• Jakuta Alikavazovic: Like a sky in us, Stock

• Gwenaëlle Aubry: Saint Phalle. Rise in childhood, Stock

• Antoine Compagnon: Life behind you, Ecuador

• Charles Danzig: Theories of theories, Grasset

• Jérémie Foa: All those who fall. Faces of the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, Discovery

• Perrine Lamy-Quique: In their night, Threshold

• Carmen Maria Machado: In the dream house, translated from English (United States) by Hélène Cohen, Christian Bourgois

• Laurent Olivier: What happened to Wounded Knee, Flammarion

• Catherine Safonoff: Recognitions, Zoe

• Catherine Perret: The Tacitus, the human, Threshold

• Pierrine Poget: Warda leaves, Cairo notebooks, La Baconnière

• Leïla Sebbar: Letter to my father, Blue around

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The second list of the Medici Prize has been unveiled

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