American writer Joyce Carol Oates wins France’s richest book award – Books

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American writer Joyce Carol Oates, the often-awarded maid of honor for the Nobel Prize in Literature, won France’s richest book prize on Monday.

The Cino del Duca World Prize, worth 200,000 euros ($ 218,000), is often considered a stepping stone to the Nobel, with Andrei Sakharov, Mario Vargas Llosa and the French novelist Patrick Modiano the winner before going on to glory Nobel.

Five of Oates’ books, including her novel “Blonde”, which chronicles the inner life of Marilyn Monroe, were shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize, without ever winning.

However, the 81-year-old woman won the US National Book Award and a host of other distinctions for her more than 60 novels, short stories, plays and a memoir, “Lost Landscape.”

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Regularly nominated for the Nobel Prize, Oates has been hailed for running fearlessly in some of the most controversial debates in American society, with his novel, “A Book of American Martyrs,” spelling out the murder of a doctor in a clinic. abortion.

An avid Twitter user, she shares photos of her cats among the frequent searches of US President Donald Trump, whom she called “crazy.”

“Every day he lights these little fires everywhere” while a “more dangerous fire … eats away, one by one, at the things that are dear to us,” she said last year.

The award is named after a businessman, film producer and philanthropist of Italian origin and managed by the Institut de France, which includes the French Academy, the Guardian of the French language and its official dictionary.

It was to be handed over to Oates in Paris next month but the ceremony was canceled due to the coronavirus.

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