Haitian Louis-Philippe Dalembert wins the Goncourt prize for poetry

Haitian Louis-Philippe Dalembert wins the Goncourt prize for poetry
Haitian Louis-Philippe Dalembert wins the Goncourt prize for poetry

The author of “Milwaukee Blues”, novel which was one of the four finalists for the 2021 Goncourt Prize, is the author of around ten collections of poems.

The latest, also published that year, is called “These salt islands and other poems” (Point editions).

Born in a working-class neighborhood of Port-au-Prince in 1962, a child and teenager passionate about books, Louis-Philippe Dalembert graduated in journalism and had a doctorate in comparative literature in France. He received the French Language Prize in 2019, awarded by a jury which included members of the Académie française and the Académie Goncourt.

The Goncourt Academy awarded three other prizes this Tuesday, May 14.

The Goncourt of the first novel went to Eve Guerra for ” Repatriation “, published in January by Grasset editions. The story of the difficulties of repatriating to France the body of the narrator’s father, killed in a work accident in Cameroon, is an opportunity to reflect on his family history.

The Goncourt of the short story dedicated a collection by Véronique Ovaldé, “To our imperfect lives”published in April by Flammarion.

Finally, for the Goncourt biography, the jury’s choice fell on that of Madame de Sévigné, famous letter writer of the 17th century, by Geneviève Haroche-Bouzinac, professor at the University of Orléans.

The Goncourt Academy changed president on Monday evening, electing Philippe Claudel to this position, who succeeds Didier Decoin.

The Goncourt prizes, known as spring prizes, are awarded by the same jury as the famous Goncourt prize, the most prestigious of French literary awards awarded at the end of October or beginning of November.

© with AFP

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