The road to the Choix Goncourt de la Suisse starts again


Institutional Communication Service

24 August 2022

The collaboration with the French Embassy in Switzerland is renewed once again this year, offering all interested students the opportunity to be part of the jury that awards the Choix Goncourt de la Suisse prize. Do you have a passion for reading? Would you like to read the best French-language novels of the new literary season? You are invited to participate in the 2022 edition of the prize.

The Choix Goncourt de la Suisse is related to the Prix Goncourt, the most important French literary prize, awarded each year to the "best work of imagination in prose" by the Académie Goncourt, the "société littéraire" initiated by the writer Edmond de Goncourt, one of the protagonists - together with his brother Jules - of the French cultural scene in the second half of the 19th century, a friend of authors such as Émile Zola, Gustave Flaubert and Guy de Maupassant.


How to participate

Interested students are invited to contact Dr. Regina Bollhalder Mayer, lecturer of "Langue française et culture francophones" course:
[email protected]

A reading group will be formed to read the works of the 15 authors in the running for the Prix Goncourt, discuss them and make an initial selection. The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 21 September, 4.30-6.00pm, in room 251 (Main Building, West Campus Lugano).

A delegation of USI students will then meet with delegates from other Swiss universities to choose the winner of the Choix Goncourt de la Suisse prize.


The Choix Goncourt de la Suisse

The Choix Goncourt de la Suisse prize is organised by the French Embassy in Switzerland in collaboration with several Swiss universities, including USI. It is supported by Payot Libraire, Agence universitaire de la Francophonie, Fondation Catherine Gide and AMOPA (Swiss section). It aims to contribute to the promotion of French-language literature and the enjoyment of a critical and disinterested reading of contemporary works.


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