• Short Summary

    EIGHT OF THE TEN MEMBERS OF THE ACADEMIC GONCOURT MET THE PRESS AT THE RESTAURANT DROUANT, PARIS, NOVEMBER 20, TO ANNOUNCE THIS YEAR'S WINNER OF THE PRIX GONCOURT, ONE OF THE TWO CHIEF PRIZES FOR FICTION IN THE FRENCH LITERARY YEAR.

  • Description

    EIGHT OF THE TEN MEMBERS OF THE ACADEMIC GONCOURT MET THE PRESS AT THE RESTAURANT DROUANT, PARIS, NOVEMBER 20, TO ANNOUNCE THIS YEAR'S WINNER OF THE PRIX GONCOURT, ONE OF THE TWO CHIEF PRIZES FOR FICTION IN THE FRENCH LITERARY YEAR. M. PHILIPE HERIAT READ THE ACADEMY'S DECREE.

    A RIOTOUS OVATION GREETED THE NAME OF JEAN CAU - 36-YEAR-OLD AUTHOR OF SIX NOVELS AND STRONG FAVOURITE FOR THE AWARD. HE HAD RECEIVED SIX OF THE TEN VOTES FOR HIS "LA PITIE DE DIEUX". ONE OF THE REMAINING VOTES WENT TO HENRI ROGER BORDIER, WHO CONCURRENTLY RECEIVED THE PRIX RENAUDOT FOR HIS NOVEL "LES BLES".

    WORKING AS A JOURNALIST FOR THE LEFT-WING WEEKLY "L'EXPRESS", JEAN CAU IS A DECLARED DISCIPLINE OF THE FRENCH EXISTENTIALIST PHILOSOPHER AND WRITER JEAN-PAUL SARTRE, WHOSE PRIVATE SECRETARY HE ONCE WAS. CAU'S PRIZE-WINNING BOOK IS ABOUT FOUR MEN CONDEMNED TO LIVE TOGETHER FOR EVER IN A PRISON CELL - A THEME REMINISCENT OF SARTRE'S STAGE PLAY "HUIS CLOS" WHICH PRESENTS A MAN AND TWO WOMEN TRAPPED IN AN HOTEL ROOM SYMBOLISING HELL.

    IN TERMS OF MONEY, THE PRIX GONCOURT IS WORTH ONLY THE NOMINAL SUM OF GBP4. ITS PRESTIGE VALUE, HOWEVER, IS CALCULATED TO GUARANTEE SALES OF ABOUT 175,000 COPIES AND ROYALTIES OF MORE THAN GBP11,000.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5NB1CYRQ1XCUY0JE0SR0MK17F
    Media URN:
    VLVA5NB1CYRQ1XCUY0JE0SR0MK17F
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/11/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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