Sport: Sibylle Grimbert wins the literary prize 30 million friends for "the last of his family"

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in her latest book, the writer tells the overwhelming relationship between a young scientist and a penguin. The jury of the Literary Prize 30 million friends tells that it was won over by this novel.

  Sibylle Grimbert remporte le prix littéraire 30 Millions d'Amis pour © supplied by Franceinfo

What can be a man and a penguin? This is what the writer Sibylle Grimbert tells in the last of her family, her book awarded on Tuesday of the literary prize 30 million friends.

awarded in the first round of the ballot, the prize sanctioning the novel published by Anne Carrière editions tells the story of Gus, a young scientist who during a mission in northern Europe saves a large penguin while a colony of These animals are massacred. An overwhelming relationship is established between man and bird.

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The praises of Michel Houellebecq

"is a real animal character. The question is intriguing: how we communicate with someone who is not of his species, without language?", Told AFP The writer Michel Houellebecq, member of the jury alongside Teresa Cremisi, Frédéric Lenoir, Irène Frain or Joël Dicker , during the award ceremony at Drouant in Paris in the presence of the winner.

"It's more than a tour de force. It's fascinating," he added, claiming to "be involved in the animal cause". "I am for the ban on bullfighting. It's super annoying because it displeases me a lot in agreement with Aymeric Caron but I can't do anything," he joked.

In the skin of the penguin

Frédéric Lenoir enthroned for the "very addictive and touching" story. "We put ourselves in the shoes of the penguin," he said, considering this book "extraordinary, the most curious and the most interesting that I have read since I was in the jury". "She manages to invent a character who is not a man but a living being with his sensations, with an ability to use adjectives and metaphors. Hat!" Said Teresa Cremisi.

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"A tour de force" for Joël Dicker. "A very well written book but above all beyond the language, it arouses emotions. This bird touches us," he said. Felicity by the jury, including Reha Hutin, the president of the 30 million friends, Sibylle Grimbert "very impressed and happy" foundation, hopes that her readers "will be moved by this story".

"I want to interest them on the depth of the extinction of a species," she said. Nineteen novels and essays, where the animal is in the spotlight, whether or not it is the main character of the work, were in the running for this 40th edition of the literary prize 30 million friends. In the third round of the ballot, the test price returned to François Sarano for the name of the sharks (Actes Sud).

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