Irish and Israeli writers win top French prizes

3rd November 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Nov 3 (AFP) - The Dublin-based writer Hugo Hamilton and Israeli author Aharon Appelfeld were on Wednesday awarded two of France's most prestigious literature prizes for best foreign book.

PARIS, Nov 3 (AFP) - The Dublin-based writer Hugo Hamilton and Israeli author Aharon Appelfeld were on Wednesday awarded two of France's most prestigious literature prizes for best foreign book.

Hamilton won the Femina prize for his account of his Irish-German childhood "The Speckled People."

Published in France under the title "Sang Impur" - Impure Blood - it is only the second of the 51-year-old author's works to be translated into French.

Seventy-two-year-old Appelfeld's "The Story of A Life" won the Medicis prize for his account of a childhood in Eastern Europe, World War II and after the war.

The main Femina award went to Jean-Paul Dubois for "Une vie francaise" - A French life - a family saga that follows the changes in French society since the late 1950s.

The Femina award, which was created exactly 100 years ago, bears no cash prize but can be a big boost for sales.

Marie Nimier's book "La reine du silence" - the Queen of Silence - won the main Medicis award with a look into the author's relationship with her father, Roger Nimier, also a writer.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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