In 2021, India proudly joins the international family of the Choix Goncourt (Goncourt Choice). The Prix Goncourt is one of the most prestigious French literary prizes. It is awarded every year to the author of “the best and most imaginative prose work of the year”.

The Goncourt Choice of India was created for Indian francophone students who love literature. It is affiliated with the Académie Goncourt.

In 2021, the prize is supported by 10 institutions, comprising the network of Alliances Françaises as well as 9 universities across India:

Choix Goncourt de l'Inde

47 students from these institutions form 10 local juries of the Goncourt Choice of India. These students get a unique opportunity to access and discover contemporary French literature.

The four shortlisted titles will be announced on 26th October 2021. The 47 students will be given exclusive access to the novels. They will read them and interact locally to select their preferred title.

One student per local jury has been appointed to form a 10-member final jury at the national level. Under the guidance of a member of the Goncourt Academy, they will determine the laureate of the first Goncourt Choice of India.

This initiative fosters exchanges between students from various regions and backgrounds around a shared passion for French language and literature. It also encourages Indian publishers to translate and publish French contemporary novels in India.

France will be the guest of honour country at the New Delhi World Book Fair in 2022, a promising occasion to pursue discussions around French and Indian publishing industries.

Read more: L’Inde rejoint le club des Choix Goncourt Internationaux, Le Petit Journal.

On October 26, Académie Goncourt announced their 3rd selection for the Prix Goncourt! 47 jury members of Goncourt Choice of India discovered the 4 books that they will read. Their choice will be announced soon by the French ambassador to India where the Indian jury will also be present.
Selected titles are:
  1. Le Voyage dans l’Est by Christine Angot
  2. Enfant de salaud by Sorj Chalandon
  3. Milwaukee blues by Louis-Philippe Dalembert
  4. La plus secrète mémoire des hommes by Mohamed Mbougar Sarr
Mohamed Mbougar Sarr

Later on Nov 3, the Academy announced the winner of Prix Goncourt; Senegalese author Mohamed Mbougar Sarr won the title for his novel La plus secrète mémoire des hommes published by Philippe Rey.