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Michel Houellebecq Awarded Prize of the BnF
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.
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