The prize of the novel Fnac, which inaugurates the season of literary awards, was awarded Monday to Bérengère Cournut for “stone and bone” (The Tripod), a narrative both poetic and violent, recounting the fate of a young inuit in a desert of ice.
The prize will be awarded by the american writer Bret Easton Ellis on September 20, on the occasion of the 4th edition of the Salon Fnac books, which will bring together during three days in Paris many authors including Jonathan Coe, Karine Tuil, Sorj Chalandon, Laurent Binet, or Guillaume Musso.
Each year, the sales of the novel rewarded by the jury of the prix du Roman Fnac reach on average 100,000 copies, making it one of the literary prizes with the largest commercial impact. The book also has an important forward in all stores of the chain.
One night, the pack ice breaks up and separates a young woman from his family. The young inuit Uqsuralik finds herself left to her own, diving into the dark and cold polar. Thus begins the “stone and bone”, a novel told in the first person. If she wants to survive in the polar night, the young woman, accompanied by five hungry dogs, but without the sled, will have to advance in the frozen desert, and inhospitable to the pursuit of other human beings.
The book, out of time, is sometimes read as a specific anthropology even if Bérengère Cournut, 40 years old, has not visited the Arctic. The novelist who explored the american culture of the Hopi in “Born happy to Oraibi” (2017), has been hosted for ten months in residence at the library of the Muséum national d’histoire naturelle of Paris, working in particular on the archives of Paul-Emile Victor. Songs inuit punctuate his narrative, leaving guess the richness of a people today also threatened that the polar bears of the pack ice.
The jury, comprising of 400 dealers and 400 members of the brand, chose this book from among four titles, all written by women.
Last year, the prize had been awarded to belgian novelist Adeline Dieudonné for “real life” (The Iconoclast).
Author(s): By AFP – Paris