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Chimamanda Adichie wins French literary award

Chimamanda Adichie wins French literary award
July 06
23:59 2017

Chimamanda Adichie, Nigerian writer, has been named winner of the Le Grand Prix De L’héroïne Madame Figaro.

The prize was established in 2006 by the French magazine Madame Figaro to celebrate heroines of French and foreign literature.

Each year the shortlisted works are selected by the magazine’s editor.

A team of judges, chaired by Patrick Poivre d’Arvor, a journalist, selected one French novel, one foreign novel in translation, and one nonfiction work.


‘Chère Ijeawele, ou un manifeste pour une éducation féministe’, the French translation of ‘Dear Ijeawele,’ a book by Adichie, was selected as the winner in the nonfiction category.

Along with Adichie, Alex Stresi was awarded the prize in the French novel category for ‘Lopping’ and Lauren Groff received the foreign novel prize for ‘Les Furies.’

Reacting to the development, Marie-Pierre Gracedieu of Gallimard, Adichie’s French publisher, said: “When I read Dear Ijeawele, I felt an urge to share it with many friends, women and men, who had become parents of a girl in the recent years. Then I started to feel it had to be read by parents of boys too. And thereafter by


“Then I started to feel it had to be read by parents of boys too. And thereafter by every one of us to investigate our own education, and try to overcome a few inherited clichés. Therefore to publish it at Gallimard has meant a lot to me, and it is a very rewarding experience to see it awarded the Grand Prix de l’Héroïne by Madame Figaro, a prize that celebrates the power of literature and of characters as role models.

“The fact that such an established and popular weekly has understood the importance of spreading the content of this letter-manifesto, even in the Western world, and especially in the political context we are now, brings me joy and hope.”

This is the 12th edition of the prestigious prize.



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