Djaïli Amadou Amal

Djaïli Amadou Amal is on the shortlist for the Prix Goncourt 2020 announced on October 29, 2020.

The Prix Goncourt is a prize in French literature, given by the French académie Goncourt to the author of “the best and most imaginative prose work of the year”. Four other prizes are also awarded: Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman (first novel), Prix Goncourt de la Nouvelle (short story), Prix Goncourt de la Poésie (poetry), and Prix Goncourt de la Biographie (biography). Moroccan-born Leila Slimani won the prize in 2016.

The Goncourt Academy, chaired by Didier Decoin, consists of Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, Pascal Bruckner, Paule Constant, Patrick Rambaud, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Camille Laurens, Françoise Chandernagor, Philippe Claudel and Pierre Assouline. This panel announced the longlist on September 15.

Those on the shortlist announced are;

  • Les impatientes de Djaïli AMADOU AMAL (Emmanuelle Collas)
  • L’anomalie de Hervé LE TELLIER (Gallimard)
  • L’historiographe du Royaume de Maël RENOUARD (Grasset)
  • Thésée, sa vie nouvelle de Camille de TOLEDO (Verdier).

While announcing the shortlist, Goncourt academics reaffirmed their support for booksellers who are facing such a difficult new period, a consequence of the Covid 19 pandemic. In solidarity with them, the Goncourt Prize will be announced on Tuesday, November 10, while their bookstores would be closed.

Update: Hervé Le Tellier’s ANOMALIA was announced the winner of the 2020 Goncourt Prize on November 30, 2020.