Professor McGuinness wins prestigious French literary prize

Professor Patrick McGuinness, Professor of French and Comparative Literature, and Fellow of St Anne’s, an established poet and novelist, has just won the prestigious French literary prize, Le Prix du Premier Roman étranger, for the translation of his novel, Les Cent derniers Jours (Grasset, 2013). This novel has also been shortlisted for two other major French prizes for fiction, the Prix Femina and the Prix Médicis. The English original, The Last Hundred Days (Seren, 2011), which describes the fall of Ceauşescu in Romania in 1989, was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2011, shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and other prizes, and in 2012 won both the Wales Book of the Year and the Writers’ Guild Award for Best Fiction Book. The Faculty extends its congratulations on the international success of this novel, widely acclaimed by reviewers, such as the TLS, for the “the sardonic crispness and evocative power of its language [which] distinguishes it from the run of contemporary fiction”, and in the New Statesman as “dark, immaculately written, bitterly lucid and very gripping.”

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