Satirical Houellebecq wins France's top book prize

8th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

France's best-known living writer Michel Houellebecq won its top literary award, the Goncourt Prize, on Monday for his bestselling satire "The Map and the Territory", the prize committee announced.

Houellebecq, known abroad for novels such as "Atomised" and "Platform", had come close to winning in 1998 and 2005, but his edgy, sex-fuelled satires have also drawn accusations of obscenity and racial provocation.

The 2010 prize winner was announced by the Goncourt panel of literary bigwigs at the chic Drouant restaurant in Paris.

© 2010 AFP

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