Pierre Lemaitre wins Goncourt Prize

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Pierre Lemaitre has won this year’s Goncourt Prize for his Au revoir là-haut [Goodbye Up There]. Only one of his books has been translated into English – Alex, a thriller about a kidnapping. The winning novel is about two French men returning from World War I, ignored, neglected and broke. They decide to do something about it. It got very good reviews in France, particularly because Lemaitre normally writes thrillers. I have a copy and hope to read it in the next few days.

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