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June 13, 2021

Black woman wins Prix Goncourt for the first time

French-Senegalese writer Marie NDiaye has become the first black woman to win France’s most prestigious literary award, the Prix Goncourt, the Guardian reports. NDiaye, 42, was this lunchtime named winner of the 106-year-old prize, worth just EUR 10 but seen as France’s top literary honour, with a guarantee for the winner of a place in the French bestseller lists. NDiaye won the prize for her novel Trois femmes puissantes (Three Powerful Women)

The Renaudot prize was also announced this lunchtime, going to Frédéric Beigbeder for his autobiographical novel Un roman français (A French Novel).

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