The Grand Prix de la Francophonie for 2021 was awarded to the Lebanese writer Alexandre Najjar, who succeeds the Moroccan Abdeljalil Lahjomri, Permanent Secretary of the Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco, who had won this Prize ex aequo with the poet Czech Petr Král, in 2019.
By awarding this prize to the Lebanese writer, the French Academy affirmed to reward “the work of a French-speaking natural person who, in his country or at the international level, will have contributed in an eminent way to the maintenance and the illustration of the French language ”, underlined Friday the editions Plon.
Alexandre Najjar, born in Beirut in 1967, is notably the author, published by Plon, of the Roman de Beyrouth, Phénicia, Berlin 36, Kadicha, Le Silence du ténor, Harry and Franz, La Couronne du diable and the Dictionary of Love with Lebanon , or a biography of the Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran. “His next novel will be published by Plon next August,” said the publishing house in a press release.
In 2018, he was a finalist for the Interallie Prize for “Harry et Franz” (Plon), a novel about the friendship of a German chaplain and a French actor denounced as Jewish out of jealousy of his peers, during the Second World War. global.
He was also advisor to the Lebanese Minister of Culture in 1999 and responsible for Francophone affairs with the city and the Bar in Beirut from 1996 to 1999.
Note that the Grand Prix de la Francophonie is endowed with 30,000 €, thanks to a donation from the Canadian Government in 1986, supplemented by the French Government, the Principality of Monaco, the Kingdom of Morocco, and various private donations.
Applications for this Grand Prize are proposed to the Academy, in the first six months of each year, either by members of the Academy itself, or by literary or scientific institutions or academies, learned societies, universities or natural or legal persons.