Authors Emmanuelle Bayamack-Tam and Andreï Kourkov win Médicis Prizes

Authors Emmanuelle Bayamack-Tam and Andreï Kourkov win Médicis Prizes
Authors Emmanuelle Bayamack-Tam and Andreï Kourkov win Médicis Prizes. Image: vagonik/

French author Emmanuelle Bayamack-Tam has been awarded this year’s prestigious literary prize Prix Médicis for her work on the French Fiction novel ‘La Treizième Heure’ (‘The Thirteenth Hour’).

The Prix Médicis is a literary award presented in France during the month of November every year. First started in 1958, this award was presented to newcomers ´whose fame does not yet match their talent´.

“It is a novel, of course, but I think it’s also a tribute to poetry, Bayamack-Tam said, according to the report published in Euro News. ¨I can only say again how proud I am to have won this beautiful prize¨, she added.

The 56-year old author, according to a report, is a French teacher who writes from the point of view of a teenager. “I’m thrilled, I feel like I’m part of a lineage of authors that I love and value,” she said in the report, citing past winners such as Georges Perec, Mathieu Lindon and Marie Darrieussecq.

Another author from Ukraine, Andreï Kurkov was awarded this year’s Médicis Prize for Foreign Fiction for ‘Les Abeilles Grises’ (‘Gray Bees’). Discussing the absurdity of conflict, the novel talks about pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine in 2014, according to the report.

“A book about the situation in Ukraine has received such a big prize,” said Kurkov, adding, “It means that there will be more readers and more people will think about what is happening in Ukraine,” the Russian-speaking Ukrainian author told AFPTV.

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