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Prix Goncourt
Prix Goncourt.jpg
Awarded for"the best and most imaginative prose work of the year"
DateNovember, annual
Presented byAcadémie Goncourt
First awarded1903

The Prix Goncourt (French: Le prix Goncourt, IPA: [lə pʁi ɡɔ̃kuʁ], The Goncourt Prize) 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 prize carries a symbolic reward of only 10 euros, but results in considerable recognition and book sales for the winning author. Four other prizes are also awarded: prix Goncourt du Premier Roman (first novel), prix Goncourt de la Nouvelle (short story), prix Goncourt de la Poésie (poetry) and prix Goncourt de la Biographie (biography). Of the "big six" French literary awards, the Prix Goncourt is the best known and most prestigious.[1] The other major literary prizes include the Grand Prix du roman de l'Académie française, the Prix Femina, the Prix Renaudot, the Prix Interallié and the Prix Médicis.[1]


Edmond de Goncourt, a successful author, critic, and publisher, bequeathed his estate for the foundation and maintenance of the Académie Goncourt.[2] In honour of his brother and collaborator, Jules Alfred Huot de Goncourt (1830–1870), the académie has awarded the Prix Goncourt every December since 1903.[2] The jury that determines the winner meets at the Drouant restaurant in November to make its decision.[3] Notable winners of the prize include Marcel Proust (In Search of Lost Time), Simone de Beauvoir (The Mandarins), André Malraux (Man's Fate) and Marguerite Duras (The Lover).[2]

The award was initially established to provide talented new authors with a monetary award that would allow them to write a second book.[4] Today, the Goncourt has a token prize amount (around 10 euros), about the same amount given in 1903, and so the prestige of the prize has been explained not because of the cash-value of the prize, but "in terms of the tremendous book sales it effects: the Goncourt winner becomes an instant millionaire."[5] Hervé Le Tellier's The Anomaly, which won the Goncourt in 2020, exceeded a million copies in less than a year after its publication.[6]

In 1987, the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens was established, as a collaboration between the académie Goncourt, the French Ministry of Education, and Fnac, a book, music, and movie retailer.

The Prix Renaudot is announced at the same ceremony as the Prix Goncourt. It has become known as something of a second-place prize.[7]


Journalists at Le Drouant restaurant, 2016 Prix Goncourt.
Journalists at Le Drouant restaurant, 2016 Prix Goncourt.

Within months of the first prize in 1903, it spawned a "hostile counter-prize" in the form of the Prix Femina to counter the all-male Jury of the Goncourt with an all-female jury on the Femina.[8]

Some decisions for awarding the prize have been controversial, a famous case being the decision to award the prize in 1919 to Marcel Proust; this was met with indignation, since many in the public felt that the prize should have gone to Roland Dorgelès for Les Croix de bois, a novel about the First World War.[9][10] The prize was supposed to be awarded to promising young authors, whereas Proust was not considered "young" at 48 – however Proust was a beginning author which is the only eligibility requirement, age being unimportant.[9][10]

In 1921, Rene Maran won the Goncourt with Batouala, veritable roman negre, the first French novel to openly criticize European colonialism in Africa.[11] The novel caused "violent reactions" and was banned in all the French colonies.[11]

In 1932, the prize was controversial for passing up Louis-Ferdinand Céline's Voyage au bout de la nuit for Guy Mazeline's Les Loups.[12] The voting process became the basis of the 1992 book Goncourt 32 by Eugène Saccomano.[13]

Although the award may only be given to an author once, Romain Gary won it twice, in 1956 for Les racines du ciel and again under the pseudonym Émile Ajar in 1975 for La vie devant soi.[14] The Académie Goncourt awarded the prize to Ajar without knowing his real identity.[14] A period of literary intrigue followed. Gary's cousin's son Paul Pavlowitch posed as the author for a time. Gary later revealed the truth in his posthumous book Vie et mort d'Émile Ajar.[14]

In September 2021, the Goncourt attracted controversy after the jury decided, by a vote of 7 to 3, to include Les enfants de Cadillac by François Noudelmann on its 2021 list of finalists. Noudelmann is the partner of Camille Laurens, who is a member of the prize's jury. Laurens voted in favor of her partner's book.[15] In October 2021, the Académie Goncourt ultimately decided that it will no longer allow lovers and family members of the jury to be entered for consideration.[16]

Selection and voting process

The Prix Goncourt is divided into three selection stages. The first selection is typically composed of fifteen finalists. The second selection is typically composed of eight finalists, narrowed down from the previous fifteen. A third and final selection leaves four finalists.[17]

In the voting rounds, a maximum of fourteen rounds can be carried out. To begin the deliberation process, the names of the four finalists are placed in a champagne bucket. In turn, the names are taken out and each member of the jury votes aloud in favour of, or in opposition to, the writer. An absolute majority—more than half the votes cast—is required until the tenth round, then a simple majority is sufficient to designate a winner. If, after fourteen rounds, there is no winner, the president's vote counts as double to determine a majority vote. At 12:45 p.m., the Secretary General, Philippe Claudel, appears in front of the crowd of journalists and announce the winner. The winner typically waits in a cafe near the Drouant so that they can arrive in time. The winner is interviewed by the media and is offered a symbolic check for ten euros.[18]


Prix Goncourt winners[19]
Year Author French title English title Transl. year Film title Film year Notes Publisher (x time)
John-Antoine Nau.jpg
John Antoine Nau Force ennemie Enemy Force 2010 N/A N/A La Plume
Léon Frapié.jpg
Léon Frapié La Maternelle N/A N/A La Maternelle 1933 Albin Michel
Claude Farrère 1923.jpg
Claude Farrère Les Civilisés N/A N/A N/A N/A Paul Ollendorff
Jean et Jérôme Tharaud 1923.jpg
Jean and Jérôme Tharaud Dingley, l'illustre écrivain N/A N/A N/A N/A Édouard Pelletan
Emile Moselly-01.jpg
Émile Moselly Le Rouet d'ivoire and Jean des Brebis ou le livre de la misère N/A N/A N/A N/A [n 1] Plon
Francis de Miomandre.jpg
Francis de Miomandre Écrit sur de l'eau... N/A N/A N/A N/A Édition du Feu, later Émile-Paul Frères
Touche à tout 1910 Ary et Marius Leblond par Henri Manuel.jpg
Marius-Ary Leblond En France N/A N/A N/A N/A Fasquelle
Louis Pergaud.jpg
Louis Pergaud De Goupil à Margot N/A N/A N/A N/A Mercure de France
Chateaubriant, Alphonse.jpg
Alphonse de Châteaubriant Monsieur des Lourdines The Keynote 1912 Monsieur des Lourdines 1943 Grasset
1912 André Savignon Les Filles de la pluie N/A N/A N/A N/A Grasset (2)
1913 Marc Elder Le peuple de la mer N/A N/A N/A N/A Calmann-Lévy
1914 Adrien Bertrand L'Appel du Sol The Call of the Soil 1919 N/A N/A [n 2] Calmann-Lévy (2)
1915 René Benjamin Gaspard Private Gaspard 1916 N/A N/A Fayard
Henri Barbusse Le Feu Under Fire 1917 N/A N/A [n 3] Flammarion
Henry Malherbe.jpg
Henry Malherbe La Flamme au poing The Flame That Is France 1918 N/A N/A Albin Michel (2)
Georges Duhamel 1930.jpg
Georges Duhamel Civilisation Civilization 1919 N/A N/A Mercure de France (2)
Marcel Proust 1895.jpg
Marcel Proust A l'ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs Within a Budding Grove 1920 N/A N/A [n 4] Gallimard
1920 Ernest Pérochon Nêne Nêne 1920 Nène[21] 1924 Plon (2)
René Maran-1930.jpg
René Maran Batouala Batouala 1921 N/A N/A Albin Michel (3)
Henri Béraud.jpg
Henri Béraud Le vitriol de la lune and Le martyre de l'obèse N/A N/A N/A N/A Albin Michel (4)
Fabre, Lucien (1889-1952) -- Portraits (cropped).JPEG
Lucien Fabre Rabevel ou Le mal des ardents N/A N/A N/A N/A Gallimard (2)
Thierry Sandre, photographie agence Rol, 1924.png
Thierry Sandre Le Chèvrefeuille, le Purgatoire, le Chapitre XIII N/A N/A N/A N/A Gallimard (3)
MG Portrait au trait.jpg
Maurice Genevoix Raboliot N/A N/A Raboliot
Grasset (3)
Henri Deberly redux.jpg
Henri Deberly Le supplice de Phèdre N/A N/A N/A N/A Gallimard (4)
Maurice Bedel 1927.jpg
Maurice Bedel Jérôme 60° latitude nord Jerome: or, The Latitude of Love 1928 N/A N/A Gallimard (5)
1928 Maurice Constantin-Weyer Un Homme se penche sur son passé A Man Scans His Past 1929 Un homme se penche sur son passé[24]
Les amants de rivière rouge[25]
Marcel Arland - 1929.jpg
Marcel Arland L'Ordre N/A N/A L'Ordre[26] 1985 Gallimard (6)
Henri Fauconnier redux.jpg
H. Fauconnier Malaisie The Soul of Malaya or Malaisie 1931 N/A N/A Stock
Jean Fayard redux.JPG
Jean Fayard Mal d'amour Desire 1931 N/A N/A Fayard (2)
Guy Mazeline 1932.jpg
Guy Mazeline Les Loups The Wolves 1935 N/A N/A Gallimard (7)
André Malraux redux.jpg
André Malraux La Condition humaine Man's Fate 1934 N/A N/A Gallimard (8)
Roger Vercel 1934.jpg
Roger Vercel Capitaine Conan Captain Conan 1935 Capitaine Conan 1996 Albin Michel (5)
Joseph Peyré 1935.jpg
Joseph Peyre Sang et Lumières N/A N/A N/A N/A Grasset (4)
Maxence Van der Meersch 1936.jpg
Maxence Van Der Meersch L'Empreinte de Dieu Hath Not the Potter 1937 N/A N/A Albin Michel (6)
1937 Charles Plisnier Faux passeports N/A N/A N/A N/A [n 5] Corrêa
Troyat Harcourt 1943.jpg
Henri Troyat L'Araigne N/A N/A N/A N/A Plon (3)
Philippe Heriat redux.JPG
Philippe Hériat Les enfants gâtés N/A N/A N/A N/A Gallimard (9)
1940 Francis Ambrière Les grandes vacances The Long Holiday 1948 N/A N/A [n 6] Nouvelle France
Henri Pourrat, le Vernet, 1954.png
Henri Pourrat Vent de Mars N/A N/A N/A N/A Gallimard (10)
Marc Bernard 1934.jpg
Marc Bernard Pareil à des enfants N/A N/A N/A N/A Gallimard (11)
1943 Marius Grout Passage de l'Homme When the Man Passed By 1962 N/A N/A Gallimard (12)
Elsa Triolet Le premier accroc coûte 200 Francs A Fine of Two Hundred Francs 1947 N/A N/A Denoël
Jean-Louis Bory redux.jpg
Jean-Louis Bory Mon village à l'heure allemande N/A N/A N/A N/A Flammarion (2)
1946 Jean-Jacques Gautier Histoire d'un Fait divers N/A N/A N/A N/A Julliard
Curtis Harcourt 1947 2.jpg
Jean-Louis Curtis Les Forêts de la Nuit The Forests of the Night 1950 N/A N/A Julliard (2)
Maurice Druon redux.jpg
Maurice Druon Les grandes familles The Rise of Simon Lachaume 1952 The Possessors
Les grandes familles[27]
Julliard (3)
Robert Merle (1964).JPG
Robert Merle Week-end à Zuydcoote Week-end at Zuydcoote 1950 Weekend at Dunkirk 1964 Gallimard (13)
1950 Paul Colin Les jeux sauvages Savage Play 1953 N/A N/A Gallimard (14)
1951 Julien Gracq Le Rivage des Syrtes The Opposing Shore 1986 N/A N/A [n 7] José Corti
1952 Béatrix Beck Léon Morin, prêtre The Priest (UK), The Passionate Heart (US) 1953 Léon Morin, Priest
Léon Morin, prêtre[28]
Gallimard (15)
1953 Pierre Gascar Les Bêtes N/A N/A N/A N/A Gallimard (16)
Simone de Beauvoir2.png
Simone de Beauvoir Les Mandarins The Mandarins 1957 N/A N/A Gallimard (17)
1955 Roger Ikor Les eaux mêlées N/A N/A Les eaux mêlées[29] 1969 Albin Michel (7)
1956 Romain Gary Les racines du ciel The Roots of Heaven 1957 The Roots of Heaven 1958 Gallimard (18)
1957 Roger Vailland La Loi The Law 1958 The Law 1959 Gallimard (19)
1958 Francis Walder Saint-Germain ou la négociation N/A N/A N/A N/A Gallimard (20)
1959 André Schwarz-Bart Le dernier des Justes The Last of the Just 1960 N/A N/A Seuil
1960 Vintilă Horia Dieu est né en exil God Was Born in Exile 1961 N/A N/A Fayard (3)
1961 Jean Cau La pitié de Dieu The Mercy of God 1963 N/A N/A Gallimard (21)
Anna Langfus.jpg
Anna Langfus Les bagages de sable The Lost Shore 1964 N/A N/A Gallimard (22)
1963 Armand Lanoux Quand la mer se retire N/A N/A Quand la mer se retire[30] 1963 Julliard (4)
Georges conchon.jpg
Georges Conchon L'Etat sauvage N/A N/A The Savage State 1978 Albin Michel (8)
1965 Jacques Borel L'Adoration The Bond 1968 N/A N/A Gallimard (23)
Edmonde Charles-Roux redux.jpg
Edmonde Charles-Roux Oublier Palerme To Forget Palermo 1968 Dimenticare Palermo 1990 Grasset (5)
1967 André Pieyre de Mandiargues La Marge The Margin 1970 The Margin 1976 Gallimard (24)
1968 Bernard Clavel Les fruits de l'hiver The Fruits of Winter 1969 N/A N/A Robert Laffont
1969 Félicien Marceau Creezy Creezy 1970 Creezy 1974 Gallimard (25)
Michel Tournier cropped.JPG
Michel Tournier Le Roi des Aulnes The Erl-King (UK) or The Ogre (US) 1972 The Ogre 1996 Gallimard (26)
1971 Jacques Laurent Les Bêtises N/A N/A N/A N/A Grasset (6)
Jean Carriere.jpg
Jean Carrière L'Epervier de Maheux N/A N/A N/A N/A Pauvert
Jacques Chessex.jpg
Jacques Chessex L'Ogre A Father's Love (1975) or The Tyrant (2012) 1975 N/A N/A [n 8] Grasset (7)
1974 Pascal Lainé La Dentellière A Web of Lace (1976) or The Lacemaker (2008)[31] 1976 The Lacemaker 1977 Gallimard (27)
1975 Émile Ajar (Romain Gary) La vie devant soi Momo (1978) or The Life Before Us (1986) 1978 Madame Rosa
The Life Ahead
[n 9] Mercure de France (3)
Patrick Grainville01.JPG
Patrick Grainville Les Flamboyants N/A N/A N/A N/A Seuil (2)
Réception de Patrice Franceschi comme Écrivain de Marine le 10 février 2014 à l'Hôtel de la Marine à Paris - 20.jpg
Didier Decoin John l'enfer N/A N/A N/A N/A Seuil (3)
Patrick Modiano 6 dec 2014 - 23.jpg
Patrick Modiano Rue des boutiques obscures Missing Person 1980 N/A N/A Gallimard (28)
Antonine Maillet redux.jpg
Antonine Maillet Pélagie la Charette Pélagie: The Return to Acadie 1982 N/A N/A Grasset (8)
Yves Navarre redux.png
Yves Navarre Le Jardin d'acclimatation Cronus' Children 1986 N/A N/A Flammarion (3)
1981 Lucien Bodard Anne-Marie N/A N/A N/A N/A Grasset (9)
Dominique Fernandez redux.jpg
Dominique Fernandez Dans la main de l'Ange N/A N/A N/A N/A Grasset (10)
1983 Frédérick Tristan Les égarés The Lost Ones 1991 N/A N/A Balland
Marguerite Duras 1993.jpg
Marguerite Duras L'Amant The Lover 1986 The Lover 1992 Minuit
Yann Queféllec 2013 a.jpg
Yann Queffélec Les Noces barbares The Wedding 1987 The Cruel Embrace 1987 Gallimard (29)
1986 Michel Host Valet de nuit N/A N/A N/A N/A Grasset (11)
Tahar Ben Jelloun redux.jpg
Tahar Ben Jelloun La Nuit sacrée The Sacred Night 1989 La Nuit sacrée[32] 1993 Seuil (4)
Cohen-Solal Mutualite 2008 03 03 n3.jpg
Érik Orsenna L'Exposition coloniale Love and Empire 1991 N/A N/A Seuil (5)
1989 Jean Vautrin Un grand pas vers le Bon Dieu N/A N/A N/A N/A Grasset (12)
Jean Rouaud (2015).png
Jean Rouaud Les Champs d'honneur Fields of Glory 1992 N/A N/A Minuit (2)
1991 Pierre Combescot Les Filles du Calvaire N/A N/A N/A N/A Grasset (13)
Patrick Chamoiseau redux.jpg
Patrick Chamoiseau Texaco Texaco 1998 N/A N/A Gallimard (30)
Amin Maalouf par Claude Truong-Ngoc novembre 2013.jpg
Amin Maalouf Le Rocher de Tanios The Rock of Tanios 1994 N/A N/A Grasset (14)
Paris - Salon du livre 2013 - Didier Van Cauwelaert - 001.jpg
Didier Van Cauwelaert Un Aller simple One-Way 2003 One Way Ticket[33] 2001 Albin Michel (9)
Andrei Makine.jpg
Andreï Makine Le Testament français Dreams of My Russian Summers 1998 N/A N/A Mercure de France (4)
Pascale Roze (2014).png
Pascale Roze Le Chasseur Zéro N/A N/A N/A N/A Albin Michel (10)
Patrick Rambaud 2010 a.jpg
Patrick Rambaud La Bataille The Battle 2000 N/A N/A Grasset (15)
Paule Constant par Claude Truong-Ngoc sept 2013.jpg
Paule Constant Confidence pour confidence Trading Secrets N/A N/A N/A Gallimard (31)
Jean Echenoz (2016).png
Jean Echenoz Je m'en vais I'm Gone (US) or I'm Off (UK) 2001 N/A N/A Minuit (3)
2000 Jean-Jacques Schuhl Ingrid Caven Ingrid Caven 2004 N/A N/A Gallimard (32)
Jean-Christophe Rufin par Claude Truong-Ngoc octobre 2013.jpg
Jean-Christophe Rufin Rouge Brésil Brazil Red 2004 N/A N/A Gallimard (33)
Pascal Quignard le 5 avril 2013.jpg
Pascal Quignard Les Ombres errantes The Roving Shadows 2011 N/A N/A Grasset (16)
2003 Jacques-Pierre Amette La maîtresse de Brecht Brecht's Lover (US) or Brecht's Mistress (UK) 2005 N/A N/A Albin Michel (11)
Laurent Gaudé redux.jpg
Laurent Gaudé Le Soleil des Scorta The House of Scorta (US 2006) The Scortas' Sun (UK 2007) 2006 N/A N/A Actes Sud
2005 François Weyergans Trois jours chez ma mère N/A N/A N/A N/A Grasset (17)
Jonathan Littell redux.jpg
Jonathan Littell Les Bienveillantes The Kindly Ones 2009 N/A N/A Gallimard (34)
Gilles Leroy redux.jpg
Gilles Leroy Alabama Song N/A N/A N/A N/A Mercure de France (5)
Atiq Rahimi 2010 a.jpg
Atiq Rahimi Syngué Sabour: La pierre de patience Stone of Patience (UK) or The Patience Stone (US) 2010 The Patience Stone 2012 P.O.L
Gutenbergpresse Marie-NDiaye 07-Portrait.JPG
Marie NDiaye Trois femmes puissantes Three Strong Women 2012 N/A N/A Gallimard (35)
Michel Houellebecq no Fronteiras do Pensamento Porto Alegre 2016 (30895029365) (cropped).jpg
Michel Houellebecq La Carte et le territoire The Map and the Territory 2012 N/A N/A Flammarion (4)
Alexis Jenni redux.jpg
Alexis Jenni L'Art français de la guerre The French Art of War 2017 N/A N/A Gallimard (36)
Jérôme Ferrari 2010 (crop).jpg
Jérôme Ferrari Le Sermon sur la chute de Rome The Sermon on the Fall of Rome 2014 N/A N/A Actes Sud (2)
Pierre Lemaitre — Salon du livre de Paris - 23 mars 2014 recadrée.jpg
Pierre Lemaitre Au revoir là-haut The Great Swindle 2015 See You Up There 2017 Albin Michel (12)
Lydie Salvayre redux.jpg
Lydie Salvayre Pas pleurer Cry, Mother Spain 2016 N/A N/A Seuil (6)
Paris - Salon du livre 2013 - Mathias Énard - 005.jpg
Mathias Énard Boussole Compass 2017 N/A N/A Actes Sud (3)
Leïla Slimani no Fronteiras do Pensamento São Paulo 2018 (42891129632).jpg
Leïla Slimani Chanson douce Lullaby (UK)
The Perfect Nanny (USA)
2018 Perfect Nanny[34] 2019 Gallimard (37)
Éric Vuillard L'Ordre du jour The Order of the Day 2018 N/A N/A Actes Sud (4)
Nicolas Mathieu redux.jpg
Nicolas Mathieu Leurs enfants après eux And Their Children After Them 2019 N/A N/A Actes Sud (5)
Jean-Paul Dubois (2016) - 2.png
Jean-Paul Dubois Tous les hommes n'habitent pas le monde de la même façon Not Everybody Lives the Same Way N/A N/A N/A L'Olivier
Hervé Le Tellier (1).jpg
Hervé Le Tellier L'Anomalie The Anomaly 2021 N/A N/A Gallimard (38)
Mohamed Mbougar Sarr (2021).png
Mohamed Mbougar Sarr La plus secrète mémoire des hommes N/A N/A N/A N/A Philippe Rey

Other awards

In addition to the Prix Goncourt for a novel, the Academy Awards four other awards, for first novel, short story, biography and poetry.

As of March 2009, the académie changed the award name by dropping "bourses" ("scholarship") from the title.[35][36] The prefix "prix" can be included or not, such as "Prix Goncourt de la Poésie" (Goncourt prize for Poetry) or "Goncourt de la Poésie" (Goncourt of Poetry). For example: "Claude Vigée was awarded a Goncourt de la Poésie in 2008". Or, "Claude Vigée won the 2008 prix Goncourt de la Poésie".

The award titles are:

Pre-2009 award name Post-2009 award name Category
Bourse Goncourt de la Biographie Prix Goncourt de la Biographie Biography
Bourse Goncourt de la Nouvelle Prix Goncourt de la Nouvelle Short story
Bourse Goncourt du Premier Roman Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman Debut novel
Bourse Goncourt de la Poésie Prix Goncourt de la Poésie Poetry
Bourse Goncourt Jeunesse discontinued Juvenile

The winners are listed below.[37]

Prix Goncourt de la Biographie

Goncourt Prize for biography. Awarded in partnership with the city of Nancy.

Prix Goncourt de la Nouvelle

Goncourt Prize for short stories. Begun in 1974 in the form of scholarships. Awarded in partnership with the city of Strasbourg since 2001.

Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman

Goncourt Prize for debut novel. Awarded in partnership with the municipality of Paris.

Prix Goncourt de la Poésie

Goncourt Prize for poetry. Established through the bequest of Adrien Bertrand (Prix Goncourt in 1914). The award is for the poet's entire career work.

Bourse Goncourt Jeunesse

Goncrout Prize for children's literature. Awarded in partnership with the municipality of Fontvieille. Discontinued after 2007.

  • 1999 – Claude Guillot and Fabienne Burckel, Le fantôme de Shanghai
  • 2000 – Eric Battut, Rouge Matou
  • 2002 – Fred Bernard and François Roca, Jeanne and le Mokélé and Jesus Betz
  • 2003 – Yvan Pommaux, Avant la Télé
  • 2004 – Jean Chalon and Martine Delerm, Un arbre dans la lune
  • 2005 – Natali Fortier, Lili Plume
  • 2006 – Bernard du Boucheron and Nicole Claveloux, Un roi, une princesse and une pieuvre
  • 2007 – Véronique Ovaldé and Joëlle Jolivet, La très petite Zébuline

Prix Goncourt des Lycéens

See also

For a more comprehensive overview a list of literary awards is available.

Notes and references


  1. ^ Pseudonym of Émile Chénin
  2. ^ Awarded in 1916. See footnote.[20]
  3. ^ See footnote.[20]
  4. ^ Volume 2 of In Search of Lost Time
  5. ^ First foreigner to win Prix Goncourt.
  6. ^ Published and awarded in 1946 due to WWII.
    Non-fiction memoir.
  7. ^ Refused prize.
  8. ^ The translated editions from 1975 & 2012 are the same by Martin Sokolinsky.
  9. ^ The rules of the Prix Goncourt state that an author can win only once. Gary had already won in 1956 for Les racines du ciel. However, since La vie devant soi was published under the pseudonym Émile Ajar, the Académie Goncourt awarded the prize without knowing the author's true identity. Gary's cousin's son Paul Pavlowitch posed as the author for a time.


  1. ^ a b Unwin, Timothy (1997). "Introduction". The Cambridge Companion to the French Novel: From 1800 to the Present. Cambridge University Press. p. xxii. ISBN 9780521499149. The 'big six' literary prizes in France have an extremely high profile and are, significantly, all awarded for novels. The best known and most prestigious is the Prix Goncourt. The other major literary prizes are the Grand Prix du Roman de l'Academie Francaise, the Prix Femina (awarded by a jury of women, though not necessarily to a female novelist), the Prix Renaudot, the Prix Interallie and the Prix Medicis.
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