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iciHaiti - Prix Goncourt 2022 : The Haitian novelist Makenzy Orcel in the first selection
07/09/2022 09:37:56

iciHaiti - Prix Goncourt 2022 : The Haitian novelist Makenzy Orcel in the first selection
Tuesday, September 6, 2022, the Goncourt jurors unveiled the first selection of the 15 novels in the running for the most prestigious and coveted French Literary Prize.

The Haitian novelist and poet Makenzy Orcel is in the first selection for his book "A Human Sum" at Éditions Rivages, 2022.

List of the First Selection of the Prix Goncourt 2022 :
Anne SERRE, Notre si chère vieille dame, Mercure de France
Brigitte GIRAUD, Vivre vite, Flammarion
Carole FIVES, Quelque chose à te dire, Gallimard
Cloé KORMAN, Les Presque Sœurs, Seuil
Emmanuel RUBEN, Les Méditerranéennes, Stock
Makenzy ORCEL, Une somme humaine, éditions Rivages
Monica SABOLO, La vie clandestine, Gallimard
Muriel BARBERY, Une heure de ferveur, Actes Sud
Nathan DEVERS, Les liens artificiels, Albin Michel
Pascale ROBERT-DIARD, La petite menteuse, L'Iconoclaste
Giuliano da EMPOLI, Le Mage du Kremlin, Gallimard
Grégoire BOUILLIER, Le cœur ne cède pas, Flammarion
Sabyl GHOUSSOUB, Beyrouth-sur-Seine, Stock
Sarah JOLLIEN-FARDEL, Sa préférée, Sabine Wespieser
Yves RAVEY, Taormine, Editions de Minuit

The next two selections for the Prix Goncourt 2022 will take place on October 5 and 26. The name of the person who will succeed Mohamed Mbougar Sarr, Prix Goncourt 2021 for "La Plus secrète mémoire des hommes" will be revealed on Thursday, November 3, 2022.

"Une somme humaine" by Makenzy Orcel, Summary
The heroine's voice comes to us from beyond the grave. Both anonymous and embodied, it is the voice of one woman and of all women. She tells us in notebooks stolen from time and death a stolen childhood, a torn adolescence, a shattered life and destiny.

Having grown up in a provincial village where rumour and gossip reign, neglected by her parents, especially by her mother who prefers the roses in her garden, she hardly finds any comfort from her grandmother no more lovely. She escapes to Paris in hopes of leading a life free from the ghosts of the past. There she studied literature at the Sorbonne, found love with a man who had fled the war in Mali, experienced the working world, before finally undergoing the test of abandonment and sinking into poverty. irreversible wandering.

By giving us the autobiography of a dead woman in dazzling language, Makenzy Orcel takes us, through this "Somme humaine", the second part of a trilogy initiated by "L'Ombre animal", into the poetic belly of the world.


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