The jury of the Five Continents Francophonie Award, convened on September 27 under the aegis of the International Francophonie Organization (OIF) in Paris, designated the Romanian Liliana Lazar the 2010 laureate for her first novel, “Terre des affranchis” (Ed. Gaia, Paris, 2009), a press release from the organizers, remitted to “Nine O’Clock”, informs. The book was depicted by the jury as “a cruel, political and metaphysical tale in which, in the battle between good and evil, before the brutality of facts, there is no redemption.” An award gala will be organized on October 22 at the Chillon Castle, in Montreux, on the occasion of the 13th summit of francophone head of states and Cabinet leaders. Liliana Lazar was born in Romania in 1972. “Terre des affranchis” is her first novel. The story is set in 1955, in Southern Romania, where the Luca family lives, in isolation, on the border of a village near Slobozia, before and after the Ceausescu regime. The son, Victor, commits a murder and will have to live in hiding for years. His longing for redemption will lead him to accept a secret mission: to act as a scribe to save the writings of saints, banned during the communist regime.