Beigbeider wins UK prize for September 11 novel

28th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

LONDON, April 28 (AFP) - French writer Frederic Beigbeder's novel dealing with the September 11 attacks in the United States won the Independent newspaper's prize for foreign fiction, the newspaper announced Thursday.

LONDON, April 28 (AFP) - French writer Frederic Beigbeder's novel dealing with the September 11 attacks in the United States won the Independent newspaper's prize for foreign fiction, the newspaper announced Thursday.  

Windows on the World remains "the boldest" work so far to deal with the 2001 terrorist attacks, the Independent said, describing its decision to award the title its GBP 10,000 (EUR 15,000, USD 19,000) annual prize.  

Beigbeder, a former advertising copywriter, emerged as a controversial but popular writer in France in 2001 with a best-selling parody of his former profession, 99 Francs.  

He has been belittled by US and French critics as publicity-hungry and shallow, but the Independent hailed Windows on the World as a "serious" work grappling with the lingering horror of September 11.  

"His novel mitigates the terror, panic and desperate affirmations of love in the tower with a discursive, satirical view from Paris. He takes aim, above all, at the mindless hedonism of his own generation, a hedonism that collapsed with the towers," it said.  

The title refers to the restaurant which was located at the top of the World Trade Center's north tower, where the novel follows the final hours of a father and his sons, and contrasts them with the experience of a French writer grappling with the aftermath of the tragedy.  

Beigbeder will share the cash prize with his English translator, Frank Wynne.

 

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