Prize Choix Goncourt de la Suisse


Institutional Communication Service

8 November 2021

Once again this year, the students of USI's course of French for Special Purposes, taught by Dr. Regina Bollhalder Mayer, are participating in the prize Choix Goncourt de la Suisse, which aims to contribute to the promotion of French-language literature. The winning novel will be announced on Thursday, 18 November 2021 at a ceremony at the French Embassy in Bern.

The student jury, made up of representatives of the participating universities, i.e. Università della Svizzera italiana, the Universities of Basel, Bern, Fribourg, Neuchâtel, Zurich and ETH Zurich, chose last November 3 the winning novel from the five finalists:

  • David Diop, La porte du voyage sans retour
  • Clara Dupont-Monod, S'adapter
  • Lilia Hassaine, Soleil amer
  • Maria Pourchet, Feu
  • Mohamed Mbougar Sarr, La plus secrète mémoire des hommes

The prize-giving ceremony will take place on Thursday, 18 November 2021 at 6 pm at the Résidence de France in Berne. You can follow the ceremony online here.

For Andrea Rocci, professor at USI Faculty of Communication, Culture and Society, the Goncourt de la Suisse Prize Award is "an initiative that connects USI students with their colleagues at other Swiss universities as well as with the French-speaking cultural circuit".

The prize Choix Goncourt de la Suisse is a literary award promoted by the French Embassy in Bern in collaboration with Università della Svizzera italiana, Basel, Bern, Fribourg, Neuchâtel and Zurich, as well as the ETH Zurich. Its aim is to contribute to the promotion of French-language literature and to the dissemination of the pleasure of critical and disinterested reading of contemporary works. It is the Swiss appendix of the famous French literary prize awarded by the Académie Goncourt, the "société littéraire" founded by the writer Edmond de Goncourt, one of the protagonists - together with his brother Jules - of the French cultural scene in the second half of the 19th century, a friend of authors such as Émile Zola, Gustave Flaubert and Guy de Maupassant.

Partners of the event are Académie Goncourt, Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie en Europe de l’Ouest (AUF), Payot Librarie, Association des Membres de l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques (AMOPA) and Fondation Catherine Gide .



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