Leila Slimani Wins France's Top Literary Prize

Ria Das
Nov 04, 2016 06:21 IST
Morocco-born Writer Leila Slimani wins Goncourt, France's top literary prize

Morocco-born writer Leila Slimani on Thursday won France’s most prestigious literary prize, the Goncourt, for her second novel, “Chanson Douce”.


With this feather in her hat, she became only the 12th woman to be awarded the Prix Goncourt in 113 years.

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If you turn the first page of the book, the very first words you read are - "the baby is dead". Evidently, this book will send chills down your spine and is already a bestseller in France.

"The idea of paying someone to love your children for you fascinates me,” Slimani told the media outside the Paris restaurant where the prize was announced, as reported by She also added, "It leads to a very ambiguous relationship... We are always afraid they will steal our place in our children's hearts."

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The book talks about how a "perfect" nanny ends up murdering the two children she is looking after in Paris. “Chanson Douce” - or "Sweet Song" is based on the real-life story of a Dominican child-minder shortly to stand trial for the double murder of her charges in New York in 2012.

The 35-year-old Franco-Moroccan author and journalist had already amused us with the portrayal of a female nymphomaniac in her first book.

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Meanwhile, the Goncourt now guarantees a major boost in Slimani’s book sales of 450,000 copies or more, placing it instantly among the year's top bestsellers.

France’s Prix Renaudot literary award went to a thrilling crime novel, "Babylone" by Yasmina Reza, best known for her two Tony Awards for her hit plays “Art” (1998) and “God of Carnage” (2009). "Art".

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