The Jean-Giono Prize jury met at Maceo (Paris Ie), before a presentation at Drouant next week, the same place where Goncourt and Renaudot were proclaimed on November 7. Result? Gaspard Koenig was awarded the literary award and a check for €10,000. We can speak of a consolation for the author of Humus (L'Observatoire) which was in the final for the Goncourt and the Renaudot, and appeared on the lists of almost all of this year's autumn prizes.
It is one of the flagship titles of this literary season. “I couldn’t imagine being carried away, one day, by a great novel about earthworms. If it is the talent of a writer to surprise us, Gaspard Koenig, in nearly 400 pages, introduced me to a new world: a saga revolving around the earthworm and its central role in soil regeneration. And if he takes us with ease to the depths of the “humus” – which is the root of the “human” – it is by telling us a captivating story,” wrote our collaborator Benoît Duteurtre in Le Figaro littéraire from September 7.