PRIX GONCOURT
FOR
FRENCH LITERATURE
1903-2002
PASCAL QUIGNARD 

The Prix Goncourt, administered by La Société de gens de lettres on behalf of the Académie Goncourt, is France's most prestigious literary award.  Under the terms of the will of Edmond de Goncourt, it is awarded every December to "the best imaginary prose work of the year".

On October 29, 2002 it was announced that Pascal Quignard had won the 2002 Prix Goncourt with his novel Les Ombres Errantes (The Wandering Shadows). The book is a collection of personal reflections, musings and historical memories written in a disjointed form. Jury president Edmonde Charles-Roux explained the selection : "He wrote a book that is not one novel, but 1,000 novels. We've chosen perfection - perfection contained in magnificent language." But fellow judge Jorge Semprum, a Franco-Spanish writer, was critical of his own jury's decision, saying the book was "not innovative" and "doesn't open any new literary paths". "In the end, it's all very Parisian, even Paris-biased," Mr Semprum added.

Quignard said he was "profoundly happy" about winning the Goncourt, saying it would allow him to continue writing "without problems, bother or worry." He has compared his own book to a whirlwind of thoughts he had as a child. "It's a sequence of beginnings of novels, stories, landscapes, autobiographical fragments. It's not a novel or an essay," he said.

In the table below, we show the year of the award, the author, the French title and an English translation of the title.

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2002 Pascal Quignard Les Ombres Errantes The Wandering Shadows
2001 Jean Christophe Rufin Red Brazil Red Brazil
2000 Jean-Jacques Shuhl Ingrid Caven Ingris Craven
1999 Jean Echenoz Je m'en vais I'm Gone: A Novel
1998 Paule Constant Confidence pour confidence Confidence for Confidence
1997 Patrick Rambaud La Bataille The Battle
1996 Pascale Roze Le Chasseur zero Hunter Zero
1995 Andrei Makine Le Testament francais The French Testament
1994 Didier van Cauwelaert An Aller simple A One-Way Ticket
1993 Amin Maalouf Le Rocher de Tanios The Rock of Tanios
1992 Patrick Chamoiseau Texaco Texaco
1991 Pierre Combescot Les Filles du Calvaire The Girls of the Martyrdom
1990 Jean Rouaud Les Champs d'honneur Fields of Honor
1989 Jean Vautrin Un Grand pas vers le bon Dieu A Great Step Towards Good God
1988 Erik Orsenna  L'Exposition coloniale The Colonial Exposure
1987 Tahar Ben Jelloun La Nuit Sacree The Crowned Night
1986 Michel Host Valet de nuit Servant of Night
1985 Yann Queffelec Les Noces Barbares Cruel Weddings
1984 Marguerite Lasted L'Amant The Lover
1983 Frederic Tristan Les Egares The Stray Ones
1982 Domenica Fernandez Dans la main de l'ange In the Hand of the Angel
1981 Licien Bodard Anne Marie Anne-Marie
1980 Yves navarre Le Jardin d'acclimatation Zoological Gardens
1979 Antonine Maillet Pelagie la charrette Pelagie the Charette
1978 Patrick Modiano Rue des boutiques obscures Street of the Obscure Shops
1977 Didier Decoin John l'enfer John the Hell
1976 Patrick Grainville Les Flamboyants Blazing
1975 Emile Ajar La Vie devant soi Life in Front of Oneself
1974 Pascal Laine La Dentelliere The Lacemaker
1973 Jacques Chessex L'Ogre The Ogre
1972 Jean Carriere L'Epervier De Maheux The Sparrowhawk of Maheux
1971 Jacques Laurent Les Betises Betises
1970 Michel Tournier Le Roi des aulnes The King of the Alders
1969 Felicien Marceau Creezy Creezy
1968 Bernard Clavel Les Fruits de l'hiver Fruits of the Winter
1967 Andre Pieyre De Mandiarques La Marge La Marge
1966 Edmonde Charles Roux Oublier Palerme To Forget Palermo
1965 Jacques Borel L'Adoration Worship
1964 Georges Conchon L'Etat sauvage The Wild State
1963 Armand Lanoux Quand la mer se retire When the Sea Is Withdrawn
1962 Anna Langfus Les Bagages de sable Sand Luggage
1961 Cau La Pitie de Dieu The Pity of God
1960 Vintila Horia Dieu est ne en exil God Has Been Born in Exile
1959 Andre Schwarzbart Le Dernier des justes The Last of the Just
1958 Francis Walder Saint Germain ou la Negociation Saint Germain or The Negotiation
1957 Roger Vailland La Loi The Law
1956 Romain Gary Les Racines du ciel The Roots of Heaven
1955 Roger Ikor Les Eaux Melees Water Frays
1954 Simone de Beauvoir Mandarins Mandarins
1953 Pierre Gascar Les Betes The Animals, The Time of Deaths
1952 Beatrice Beck Leon Morin, Pretre Leon Morin, Priest
1951 Julien Gracq La Rivage des syrtes The Shore of Syrtes
1950 Paul Colin Les Jeux sauvages The Wild Games
1949 Robert Merle Week End a Zuydcoote WWeekend in Zuydcoote
1948 Maurice Druon Les Grandes familles The Great Families
1947 Jean-Louis Curtis Les Forets de la nuit The Forests of the Night
1946 Jean-Jacques Gautier Histoire d'un fait divers History of a Fact Various
1945 Jean Louis Bory Mon village a l'heure allemande My Village at the German Hour
1944 Elsa Triolet Le Premier accroc coute 200 francs The First Tear Cost Two Hundred Francs
1943 Marius Grout Passage de l'homme Passage of the Man
1942 Marc Bernard Pareils a des enfants Pareils with Children
1941 Henri Pourrat Le Vent de mars Wind of Mars
1940 Francis Ambriere Les Grandes Vacances The Great holidays
1939 Philippe Heriat Les Enfants Gates The Spoiled Children
1938 Henri Troyat L'Araignee The Araigne
1937 Charles Plisnier Faux Passeports False Passports
1936 Maxence Van Der Meersch L'Empreinte du Dieu The Print of God
1935 Joseph Peyre Sang et lumieres Blood and Lumiere
1934 Roger Vercel Capitaine Conan Conan Captain
1933 Andre Malraux La Condition humaine The Human Condition
1932 Guy Mazeline Les Loups The Wolves
1931 Jean Fayard Mal d'amour Badly of Love
1930 Henri Fauconnier Malaise Malaysia
1929 Marcel Arland L'Ordre The Order
1928 Maurice Constantine Weyer Un Homme se penche sur son passe A Man Considers His Past
1927 Maurice Bedel Jerome 60 - Latitude Nord Jerome 60 Degrees North Latitude
1926 Henry Deberly le Supplice de Phedre The Torment of Phedre
1925 Maurice Genevois Raboliot Raboliot
1924 Thierry Sandre Le Chevrefeuille, le purgatoire, le chapitre xiii Chevrefeuille
1923 Lucien Fabre Rabavel ou le mal des ardents Rabavel or The Evil of the Burning Ones
1922 Henri Beraud Le vitriol de la lune The Moon Vitriol
1921 Rene Maran Batouala Batouala
1920 Ernest Perochon Nene Nene
1919 Marcel Proust A l'ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs With the Shade of the Girls in Flowers
1918 George Duhamel Civilisation Civilization
1917 Henri Malherbe La Flamme au poing The Flame with the Fist
1916 Henri Barbusse Le Feu The Fire
1915 Rene Benjamin  Gaspard Gaspard
1914 Adrien Bertrand L'Allel du sol The Call of the Ground
1913 Marc Elder Le peuple de la mer People of the Sea
1912 Andre Savignon Les Filles de la pluie The Girls of the Rain
1911 Alphonse De Chauteaubriant Monsieur Des Lourdines Mister de Lourdines
1910 Louis Pergaud De Goupil a Margot De Goupil with Margot
1909 Marius and Ary Leblond En France In France
1908 Francis Miomandre and Francois Durand Ecrit sur l'eau Writing on Water
1907 Emile Moselly Le Rouet d'ivoire The Remote Grounds
1906 Jerome and Jean Tharaud Dingley, l'allustre ecrivain Dingley, Illustrates it Writer 
1905 Claude Farrere Les Civilises  The Civilized
1904 Leon Frapie La Maternelle The Nursery School
1903 John Antoine Nau Force ennemie Enemy Force

 
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