A time loop? Quebec author Kevin Lambert sees the French edition of his second book, You will love what you killed, originally published by Héliotrope in 2017, appear in the first list of the Medici Prize, French Novel category – since it is the nationality of the publisher, Nouvel Attila, that counts here. The generous Canadian Giller Prize, that one, with its purse of 100,000 dollars to the winner, also named its 2021 competitors: the In de Kim Thuy en est.
It is the English translation signed Sheila Fischman (Random House Canada) which places the fourth novel of Mme Thúy, first published by Libre Expression, in the running. The author wanted to “retrace the lives of workers in the rubber plantations, the truth behind Operation Babylift, the ravages of Agent Orange and other herbicides, as well as the conquest of nail salons by Vietnamese”, as Manon Dumais summarized it in our pages, at the release, in October 2020. The second selection of Giller will be unveiled on October 5.
As for Kevin Lambert, remember that last year, Quarrel, French version of his most recent opus, had also slipped into this starting peloton of the Medici. The book had not passed the second selection. This year, Lambert, born in Chicoutimi in 1992, is alongside 12 novelists, including Céline Minard, Christine Angot, Christine Montalbetti and Antoine Wauters. The second selection will be announced on October 6.
Rare fact, the editions Gallimard, du Seuil, Actes Sud and Albin Michel are absent from this first 2021 selection of the Medici, as noted Bibliobs and Le Figaro. POL is carving out a good place for itself, with three nominated authors.
Mr. Lambert’s book is one of the “more confidential” books for the French press on the list, alongside Maud Ventura’s first novel (My husband, The Iconoclast) and the controversial Sex diary of a boy today, 2,300 pages of queer sexual confidences by Arthur Dreyfus.
At the exit of You will love what you killed, The duty, by the pen of Dominic Tardif, had qualified the text thus: “Dark song of an angry young queer, twisted fantasy of revenge, hallucinated dream of an apocalypse as saving as a forest fire, You will love what you killed exacerbates to excess the ordinary ugliness of a Quebec caught in the stranglehold of its prejudices. The image that it sends back to us necessarily hurts a lot. “
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