The Wepler Prize, a literary prize which rewards emerging writers, was awarded on Monday to the Franco-Swiss novelist Elisa Shua Dusapin for Le Vieil Incendie. This novel published in August by a Swiss publisher, Zoe, recounts the tête-à-tête between two sisters, one of whom is aphasic, at the time of emptying a family house which is about to be sold. This is the fourth novel by this 31-year-old author, revealed in 2016 by Winter in Sokcho. His prize will be presented to him this Monday evening by Philippe Wahl, president of the La Poste group.
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The Wepler prize, named after the Parisian brasserie where it is awarded, is supported by the La Poste Foundation. He is endowed with 10,000 euros. His “special mention”, endowed with 3,000 euros, was awarded to Arthur Dreyfus for La Troisième Main (POL editions), an astonishing fiction about a young man who has an arm transplanted into his stomach.
The 2022 edition rewarded Anthony Passeron, author of Sleeping Children, published by Globe.