An American wins the Goncourt

Jonathan Littell, the son of spy novelist Robert Littell (Company, Legends) has won France's Goncourt Prize with his 900-page novel, Les Bienveillantes (The Kindly Ones), a novel narrated by a Nazi officer. Something of a success de scandale in France, it won't be released in America -- get this -- until 2008.

No one is saying this so far, in the reports I've read, but he seems to be the first American to win the Goncourt.

November 6, 2006 11:37 AM |



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