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This French writer, journalist, screenwriter, critic and filmmaker “is the author of a versatile, broad and transversal body of work that has earned him vast and enthusiastic international distinction,” said the judging panel about the author of The Kin


The judging panel stated that he was granted the award for being an author that navigates “distinct creative terrain with apparent ease, which has made him one of today’s most read and influential authors.” The international panel that chose the French author Emmanuel Carrère as winner of the 2017 FIL Literary Award in Romance Languages includes Mercedes Monmany, Jerónimo Pizarro, Valerie Miles, Efraín Kristal, Héctor Abad Faciolince, Carmen Muşat and Gustavo Guerrero. The author will accept the award on November 25 during the opening ceremony of the Guadalajara International Book Fair.


Born in Paris on December 9, 1957, Emmanuel Carrère is a writer, journalist, screenwriter, critic and filmmaker. In their decision, the judging panel described him as “The author of a versatile, broad and transversal body of work that has earned him vast and enthusiastic international distinction.” They added that, as “Heir of Montaigne and Rousseau, autobiographies take on a critical dimension where he can describe himself without making excuses and unabashedly explore the dark areas of the contemporary human condition.”


Carrère “is a writer that engages in multimedia circulation through his work in film and television, yet remains true to the great humanist tradition,” said the judging panel. His numerous works include La Classe de neige (1995), The Adversary (2000), A Russian Novel (2007), Lives Other than My Own (2009), Limonov (2011), and The Kingdom (2014). “On one hand, he’s able to reread and comment on the Bible with the erudition shown in a book like The Kingdom; and on the other, he is author of the acclaimed biography of Philip K. Dick, and a passionate reader of science fiction and journalistic writing,” added the specialists.


The FIL Literary Award in Romance Languages, which includes a purse of US $150,000, is the Guadalajara International Book Fair’s highest distinction and is given to acknowledge a lifetime of dedication to literary creation. This year, 72 creators from 18 countries were nominated, including representatives of the Catalan, Spanish, French, Galician, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian languages. According to the FIL’s instructions, writers were nominated by cultural and educational institutions, literary associations, publishers and members of the judging panel.


In previous years, the FIL Literary Award in Romance Languages has been given to Fernando del Paso, António Lobo Antunes, Rafael Cadenas, Margo Glantz, Fernando Vallejo, Yves Bonnefoy and Claudio Magris, Enrique Vila-Matas and Norman Manea, among other great contemporary authors.


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