August 2, 2021

Literary Prize “Le Monde” 2021: the selection

“Le Monde” will present its literary prize for the ninth time on September 8. We will find its winner in “Le Monde des livres” the next day, dated September 10.

The eleven titles in the running for the 2021 “Le Monde” Literary Prize

  • “The Definition of Happiness”, by Catherine Cusset, Gallimard
  • “The Laughter of the Goddesses”, by Ananda Devi, Grasset
  • “Jacqueline Jacqueline”, by Jean-Claude Grumberg, Seuil
  • “In the spring of the monsters”, by Philippe Jaenada, Mialet-Barrault
  • “My Father’s Boy”, by Emmanuelle Lambert, Stock
  • “Another Divine Day,” by Denis Michelis, Notabilia
  • “Mobylette”, by Frédéric Ploussard, Héloïse d’Ormesson
  • “Feu”, by Maria Pourchet, Fayard
  • “Furies,” by Julie Ruocco, Actes Sud
  • “The Most Secret Memory of Men”, by Mohamed Mbougar Sarr, Philippe Rey / Jimsaan
  • “Mahmoud or the rising waters”, by Antoine Wauters, Verdier

Previous winners

“She lied for the wings”, by Francesca Serra, Anne Carrière

“A beast in Paradise”, by Cécile Coulon, L’Iconoclaste

“In his image”, by Jérôme Ferrari, Actes Sud

“The Art of Losing”, by Alice Zeniter, Flammarion

“Laëtitia or the end of men”, by Ivan Jablonka, Seuil

“This changing heart”, by Agnès Desarthe, L’Olivier

“The Kingdom”, by Emmanuel Carrère, POL

“Happy are the happy”, by Yasmina Reza, Flammarion

The jury

It is made up of thirteen journalists who work in the four “corners” of the World : Jérôme Fenoglio, director of World and president of the jury; Jean Birnbaum, responsible for the “World of books”; Emmanuel Davidenkoff (editorial development); Solenn de Royer (Politics); Zineb Dryef (M, the magazine of the World); Gaëlle Dupont (Planet); Clara Georges (“Epoque”); Florent Georgesco (“The World of Books”); Raphaëlle Leyris (“The World of Books”); Raphaëlle Rérolle (Major reporters); Alain Salles (International); Macha Séry (“The World of Books”); and Nicolas Weill (“The World of Books”).

The World of Books