• Welcome to the website of the French Institute of South Africa!

  • Bienvenue sur le site de l'Institut Français d'Afrique du Sud !

Michel Houellebecq Awarded Prize of the BnF

Michel Houellebecq Awarded Prize of the BnF

michel houellebecq

The French novelist Michel Houellebecq was chosen this week to receive the 7th annual prize designated by the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

Since 2009, the BnF has awarded annually its prize to an author writing in French for his or her body of work. Past recipients include Patrick Modiano in 2011 and Milan Kundera in 2012. Jean-Claude Meyer, President of "le cercle de la BnF," described Houellebecq as one of the most important French authors, as his writing “confronts contemporary issues with courage” and “forces the reader to ask questions.”

Houellebecq’s most recent novel, Soumission, or Submission in English, was published in France this past year and will be published in English this fall. The Paris Review’s most recent issue features an excerpt from the coming English translation.

More info here


Books - Events & News

  • 2018-DibukaFestival-facebook-2
    Dibuka

    Dibuka Library Festival

    Not your ordinary book festival! 1 – 29 September 2018 Spring is coming! And with it, the Dibuka Library Festival, a new kind of book festival to celebrate Dibuka's new revamping and its 15th birthday. Dibuka Library Festival will run from the 1st to the 29th of September at the newly revamped… Read more
  • Dibuka

    Discover the new Dibuka

    The Embassy of France in South Africa, the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) and the Alliance Française of Johannesburg are proud to present the newly revamped francophone multimedia library, named after the Setswana word for "books": dibuka. Dibuka is today the biggest francophone multimedia… Read more
  • Dibuka

    Dibuka is revamping!

    Dibuka is revamping! Due to a delay in the renovation work, Dibuka will only re-open on the 18th of August 2018.We apologies for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. In the framework of its 15th anniversary, Dibuka is closed for renovation from the 16th of July 2018 to the 2nd of… Read more

Frenchlinks.sa.logo

According to your personal taste and interests, Frenchlinks helps you get in touch with the French speaking community and agencies in South Africa and Lesotho. Learn more...

I'm a writer of the world

Patrick Chamoiseau with Nadine Gordimer during the French Season in South Africa

See video