The Pierre Benoît Prize for Corinne Zarzavatdjian

Monday June 24, at the Hôtel des Gueules Cassées, in front of a prestigious audience from the literary world and the Ambassador of Armenia to France HE Hasmik Tolmajian, several prizes were awarded, including the Pierre Benoît Prize awarded to Corinne Zarzavatdjian for her work “ Rose of Diarbekir. A prize awarded by Jean Orizet, president of the Association of Combatant Writers. Which retraced the extraordinary destiny of Rose during the Armenian genocide, a story of women, of courage, of resistance, a page in the history of the Armenian people, coupled with a love letter to France. A family fresco with an oriental feel, tragic and generous at the same time. 1893. In Diarbekir, in the Armenian provinces of the Ottoman Empire, the Hagopian family lives between tradition and modernity. While the older brothers leave to study in Europe, the youngest, Rose, is passionate about theater and French culture.

The evening’s presentation was given by the writer and literary critic Gérard de Cotanze. The other winners are: Patrick Besson, Jean-François Colosimo, Eric Nauleau and Julie d’Andurain & Chochana Boukhobza.

This is the third work by Corinne Zarzavatdjian, author of “ Armenian cuisine » (with his brother Richard) and « Armenia and Armenians from A to Z “. Corinne is also an actress and author of the show “ A name to sleep outside » and Eurydice’s mother in Jean Anouilh’s play.

Jean Eckian + photos

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