The 2024 Alexandre-Vialatte prize awarded to Thierry Laget for The National Assembly and me, Memoirs

The 2024 Alexandre-Vialatte prize awarded to Thierry Laget for The National Assembly and me, Memoirs
The 2024 Alexandre-Vialatte prize awarded to Thierry Laget for The National Assembly and me, Memoirs

The Auvergne author won this Wednesday the 2024 edition of the literary prize organized by the La Montagne – Center France group and the Société des Hôtels Littéraires, for his book The National Assembly and I, Memoirs.

What do the socks of ministers and deputies look like and what are they used for? Who do we meet at three in the morning in the corridors of the Palais-Bourbon? What language exactly do parliamentarians speak? It is these questions, but also many others, that Thierry Laget answers in his work The National Assembly and I, Memoirs, published last month by Fario, in the Théodore Balmoral collection.

Discover the four finalists for the 2024 Alexandre-Vialatte prize, the winner of which will be known on June 12

Behind the scenes of the National Assembly

A program which largely appealed to the jurors of the Alexandre-Vialatte prize since they decided to make it, among the four finalists still in the running (read opposite) the winner of the 2024 edition, during a deliberation which took place this Wednesday in Paris. A prize list which is the fruit of “rich, deep and high-level exchanges”, in the words of David Ducreux, secretary general of the prize organized jointly by the La Montagne – Center France group and the Société des Hôtels Littéraires, in tribute to the famous Puydôme chronicler.

A book full of humor and anecdotes

Editor of the report to the National Assembly for almost a quarter of a century, Thierry Laget, takes us behind the scenes of this high place of French democracy to discover its habits and customs, its protocol, its figures… “His The job consisted of listening to the debates, silently, and reporting on them with three watchwords: grammar, fidelity, clarity. He delivers a work full of humor, anecdotes and in which the French language is in the spotlight,” says David Ducreux, who sees in this text “a book that any French citizen could read.”

Novelist Laurine Roux, winner of the 2023 Alexandre-Vialatte prize

With already more than twenty works to his credit, among which we can cite Proust, Goncourt Prize, A Literary Riot (Gallimard, 2019), Thierry Laget, originally from Auvergnat, is an established writer, who is located in the perfect lineage of Alexandre Vialatte, who considered himself “a notoriously unknown author”. Now settled in Canada, he will return to his land at the beginning of October to officially receive the prize of 6,105 euros in Clermont-Ferrand, an amount representing the sum of the length of the Congo River and the height of the Puy de Dôme.

The other three finalists
“I believe that whatever book was chosen in the end, everyone would have been happy,” says David Ducreux, secretary general of the Vialatte prize. The three finalists present each received votes during the first round. Among them, Muriel Magellan who, in La Fantaisie (ed. Miallet-Barrault), offers a text with an original construction, “a demonstration of what fantasy can be”. In his Personal Development (ed. Finitude), Olivier Bourdeaut offers an autobiographical text “full of humor and self-deprecation”. With Indian Summer (ed. POL), Joël Baqué signs an “elegant and lively” novel, imbued with nostalgia as he humorously evokes his childhood in rural France in the 1980s.

Maxime Escot

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