US writer wins famed Paris cafe book award

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PARIS, Nov 18 (AFP) - Le Cafe de Flore, the famous Paris hangout once frequented by the likes of Jean-Paul Sartre and Ernest Hemingway, has awarded its annual literary prize to a gay US novelist for his story about a homosexual tryst in Romania.

PARIS, Nov 18 (AFP) - Le Cafe de Flore, the famous Paris hangout once frequented by the likes of Jean-Paul Sartre and Ernest Hemingway, has awarded its annual literary prize to a gay US novelist for his story about a homosexual tryst in Romania.

Bruce Benderson, a New York-based writer, won the Prix de Flore - and its EUR 6,100 (USD 7,900) purse - for "Autobiographie Erotique", a book that so far has been published only in France, the jury said Thursday.

It presents a fictionalised account of a nine-month relationship the author had in Romania and his experiences in that country, interwoven with various historical figures and references.

Benderson, who has two previous novels to his name, also works as a translator for prominent French writers and as a literature lecturer in US universities.

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