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Jonathan Littell - Les Bienveillantes

The French Academy gave its prestigious reward to the young writer of American origin for les bienveillantes, the phenomenon of the literary opening.
First price of the literary season: the Academicians allotted their Great price of the novel, and its 7.500 euros to Jonathan Littell for les Bienveillantes (Gallimard). This paving stone of 920 pages, written in French by this 39 years American author, was selected by the majority of the jury as of the first turn.
Fictionalized confession of a former officer SS, les bienveillantes carried on Marilyn, last meetings of Michel Schneider (Grasset) and What is lost of Vincent Delecroix (Gallimard), which obtained each one 4 votes.
The first novel of Jonathan Littell is already the leading event of the re-entry, with more than 200.000 sold specimens.
The prize winner was still unknown of the public, two months ago. Wire of the journalist and specialist in the spy novel American, Robert Littell, it grew and makes its studies in France, before supplementing its formation in the American universities.
Littell traversed the zones of conflict during 15 years for the account of humane organizations before being devoted to the drafting of les bienveillantes. It has until now given only rare interviews and was declared indifferent to the literary prices.
Les bienveillantes is in competition for all the great literary prices of the autumn. The novel is distinguished from entry, which does not exclude that it can be again rewarded in the next days. The season of the prices will continue Monday October 30, with the attribution of Femina and Médicis. Goncourt and Renaudot will follow, except surprise, on November 6.

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