Louis-Philippe Dalembert, winner of the Orange Prize Book 2017

The Orange Prize Book award for its 9th edition, Louis-Philippe Dalembert for his novel Before the shadows fade, Sabine Wespieser editor.

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Christine Albanel, director of the CSR, diversity and solidarity of Orange, and Erik Orsenna, writer, member of the French Academy and president of the jury of the Orange Prize for fiction, announced on Tuesday, may 30, the result of the vote of internet users and the jury for the edition in 2017.

The Orange Prize Book award, since 2009, a literary work written in French and published between January 1 and march 31 of the current year. It is distinguished by the diversity of voters : authors, booksellers and readers. The winner receives a prize of € 15,000 and his book will benefit from a promotional campaign in the press and on the web.

The jury of the 9th edition composed by prestigious writers such as Vincent Message (winner 2016), by Laurence Cossé, Benoit Duteurtre, Alain Mabanckou, Carole Martinez, or even booksellers passionate as Bénédicte Deprez (library hyphen to Noirmoutier, france), Jean-Paul Shafran (the bookstore The Bouquetiniste to Val d’isere) and seven ardent readers from the community site lecteurs.com.
Among the thirty works selected by the jury at the end of march, five novels have been chosen in early may and proposed to the vote of the public, from 4 to 22 may on the site lecteurs.com.

The other four finalists : Philippe Besson, Stop with your lies, Julliard ; Cécile Coulon, Three seasons of a thunderstorm, Viviane Hamy ; Simon Johannin, was carrion, Allia ; Pierre Jourde, Winter is Coming, Gallimard.

Before the shadows fade, Louis-Philippe Dalembert, Sabine Wespieser editor

Louis-Philippe Dalembert was born in Port-au-Prince and lives in Paris. It has been published since 1993 by various publishers, in France and in Haiti, of the new (at the feathered Serpent as early as 1993 : The Dream of a picture of childhood), poetry, essays (with Philippe Rey/Culturesfrance in 2010, with Lyonel Trouillot : Haiti, a crossing literary) and novels (the last in date, to the Mercure de France : the Black injuries in 2011 and Ballad of a love unfinished in 2013). Invited professor in various american universities, he has been a boarder of the Villa Medici in rome (1994-1995), writer-in-residence in Jerusalem and Berlin, and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the prix RFO in 1999, the prize Casa de las Américas in 2008 and the prix Thyde Monnier de la SGDL in 2013.

A few words about his book

In the prologue to this saga, leading his protagonist to Poland to Port-au-Prince, the author recalls the vote by the haitian State, in 1939, a decree-law authorizing its consulates to issue passports and safe-conducts to all Jews who formuleraient the request.
Before his arrival in Port-au-Prince in the favour of this decree, dr. Ruben Schwarzberg was of those whom the nazis broke the path. Became a renowned physician and the patriarch of three generations of Haitians, it has drawn a line on his past. But, when Haiti is struck by the earthquake of January 2010 and that his little-cousin Deborah comes to Israel among the doctors of the world, he agrees to come back on its history. For a whole night, on the veranda of his house in the heights of the capital, the old man being held for the young woman the story of the adventures which had brought him there.

Louis-Philippe Dalembert is a successor to Vincent Message distinguished in 2016 for its roman Defeat of the masters and possessors (The Threshold). The previous winners are Fabrice Humbert (the Origin of the violence, The Passage), Jacques Gélat (The Translator, in love, Corti), David Thomas (Silence of the glade, Albin Michel), and Arthur Dreyfus (Belle Famille, Gallimard), Emilie Frèche (Two foreign, Actes Sud), Maylis de Kerangal (to Repair the living, Vertical) and Fanny Chiarello (In his own role, The Olivier), respectively, distinguished from 2009 to 2015.

Orange and the book

Orange, in the framework of its approach to society, has the ambition of making the benefits of digital accessible to the greatest number. Because Orange is a company that is committed, we carry since several years a policy of partnership, which aims to put digital technology in the service of the culture and to highlight its role in the mediation, transmission and dissemination of knowledge.

All the news for the Orange Prize for fiction on the site lecteurs.com

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