Carrère wins first French "prize of prizes"

The first annual literary ‘prize of prizes’ has been awarded to Emmanuel Carrère for his novel Limonov, which was published by P O L and earned him the Renaudot this year.

This was Carrère’s 12th literary prize, two of them received for the entire body of his work.

Candidates for the new prize are the winners of the eight major awards: Décembre; Femina; Flore; French Academy; Goncourt; Interallié; Médicis; and Renaudot. It was created by Pierre Leroy, a top manager at Hachette Livre parent company Lagardére and a former member of the Médicis jury, and has raised questions about whether France really needs yet another literary prize.