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    FRANCE'S TOP LITERARY PRIZE, THE PRIX GONCOURT, YESTERDAY (MONDAY) WAS AWARDED TO A 50-YEAR-OLD JOURNALIST, M.

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    FRANCE'S TOP LITERARY PRIZE, THE PRIX GONCOURT, YESTERDAY (MONDAY) WAS AWARDED TO A 50-YEAR-OLD JOURNALIST, M. ARMAND LANOUX. FOR HIS NOVEL "QUAD LA MER SE RETIRE" ("WHEN THE SEA EBBS".) THE PRIZE ITSELF IS WORTH ONLY 50 FRANCS (ABOUT GBP4), BUT ENSURES IMMEDIATE BEST-SELLING SUCCESS FOR THE WINNER.

    LANOUX, A LITERARY CRITIC TURNED AUTHOR, TIED WITH M. JEAN-MARIE LE CLEZIO, 23, WITH FIVE VOTES EACH. BUT THE JURY PRESIDENT, M. ROLAND DORGELES, GAVE LANOUX HIS CASTING VOTE.

    HIS NOVEL, "QUAND LA MER SE RETIRE", DESCRIBES A PILGRIMAGE MADE IN NORMANDY BY A CANADIAN WHO FOUGHT IN THE ALLIED INVASION OF FRANCE IN 1944. LANOUX HAS SAID THAT THE MORAL OF HIS BOOK IS THAT "ANY WAR IS ATROCIOUS".

    THE PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR, WHOSE FATHER DIED WHEN HE WAS 15, STARTED EARNING HIS LIVING BY DECORATING SWEET-BOX LIDS WITH PAINTED SCENES. HE WAS THEN A BANK CLERK, SALESMAN, AND TEACHER BEFORE BECOMING A NEWSPAPER AND LITERARY CRITIC. LANOUX, WHOSE EARLIER NOVELS HAVE ALREADY WON SEVERAL LITERARY PRIZES, HAS ALSO WRITTEN RADIO PLAYS AND SINCE 1958 HAS BEEN THE PRESIDENT OF THE FRENCH TELEVISION COMMITTEE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAE365CHQNX8L3DTNAUAYQJFLBS
    Media URN:
    VLVAE365CHQNX8L3DTNAUAYQJFLBS
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/11/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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