Literary prize: The Goncourt of high school students escapes Sarah Jollien-Fardel

The Goncourt of high school students escapes Sarah Jollien-Fardel

Posted today at 1:44 p.m.

Sarah Jollien-Fardel in September, when she had just won the Fnac Novel Prize.

Joël Dicker remains the only Romand haloed by the Goncourt of high school students. Sarah Jollien-Fardel will not come to join him with “His favorite” (Éd. Sabine Wespieser). His poignant novel unfolds, in a harsh language, without misery, a life marked by a childhood under the thumb of a violent father, between Valais and the Lake Geneva region.

He appeared in the quartet of finalists selected at the beginning of the week, with an author and two French authors: Pascale Robert-Diard with “The little liar” (L’Iconoclaste), Nathan Devers with “Artificial links” (Albin Michel) and Sabyl Ghoussoub. It was the latter who won, for his lively and humorous story with “Beyrouth-sur-Seine” (Stock), where he questions his parents who came to settle in Paris in 1975, and who were never able to return to Lebanon afterwards, because of the war.

The news fell at 12:45 p.m., live from the Hôtel de Ville in Rennes, the birthplace of the Prize created and organized by Fnac and the French Ministry of Education. The meetings with high school students, in which Sarah Jollien-Fardel took part, took place this year in six cities: Lyon, Metz, Nantes, Nîmes, Paris and Rennes. The award ceremony will take place this evening in Paris, at 7 p.m., at the Ministry of National Education. The winner succeeds Clara Dupont-Monod for “Adapt”, already published by Stock. But the prize, awarded by young people, makes fun of such considerations.

Some years, the Goncourt des lycéens, which closes the season of literary awards with a prize that is more that of the heart, proves to be just as influential as its prestigious big brother. For example, Joël Dicker, winner of the 2012 competition, sold 800,000 copies of “The Truth about the Harry Québert Affair” in France alone, the bulk of which after the announcement of the winning book.

Caroline Rieder has been a journalist in the culture-society section since 2013. She deals in particular with French-speaking literature, but also looks with interest at children’s literature, and various cultural and societal subjects. More informations @caroline_rieder

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