“Literature did not save me”

By Alice Develey

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“I am very proud that young readers have accepted the challenge that I launched in my book, namely to read with a form a little different from what we expect from a novel in general,” confides Neige Sinno . JOEL SAGET/AFP

INTERVIEW – The author, already crowned on November 6 by the Femina Prize, yesterday won the last major literary award of the season for sad tigera powerful story about incest, the powers and powerlessness of literature.

They did what they wanted. The Goncourt Prize jurors would have liked the young jury to crown a novel which had not already received a grand prize in order to support the booksellers and p the red banner to a white paper. But the high school students decided otherwise. Yesterday, the members of the national jury of the Goncourt prize for high school students decided to crown, from the town hall of Rennes, cradle of the prize, Neige Sinno, already winner of the Femina prize, for Sad Tiger (POL), a book about incest, the powers and impotence of literature. We know the pion of high school students for books on societal subjects.

Last year they crowned Sabyl Ghoussoub for his novel Beirut-sur-Seine , an autobiography in which he recounted the life of his family, exiled, torn between France and Lebanon from the 1970s to the present day. Before him, it was Clara Dupont-MonodFor Adapta novel (which also won the Femina Prize) about the birth of a disabled child told…

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