… and the winner of the Obooki Prize 2011 is …

… Antonine Maillet, for her novel, Pélagie.

Antonine Maillet is the first female winner of the Obooki Prize, and the first winner from outside Europe. She is in fact Canadian.

Pélagie is about a place I’ve never heard of, Acadie, and a slice of history I’d never heard of: the displacement of the French colonists by the British and their traumatic scattering across America. The novel tells of the long trek across the continent they undertake to get back to their homeland, as derived from the preserved – and often disputed – oral tradition.

The runner-up was A Personal Matter, by Kenzaburo Oë.

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4 thoughts on “… and the winner of the Obooki Prize 2011 is …

  1. For snitehmog that is really visually amazing you should check out the film The Holy Mountain by Alejandro Jodorowsky. All of his films are really interesting visually, but Holy Mountain is by far my favourite.

  2. [ed. Spam/not spam? It’s getting harder and harder to tell. It has nothing to do with the post, certainly – which is the usual indication – but I’m inclined to let it in purely for the reference to Jodorowsky – and the fact that I’ve disabled hyperlinks on people’s names].

    It’s funny, I spent a few hours reading up on the world of spam and botnets last night, after reading this article in The Guardian.

  3. What happened to Ringworld? On the shortlist for months, then vanishes in favour of obscure literary novels. Larry will be gutted.

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