Lebanese writer Alexandre Najjar was rewarded with the French Academys Grand Prix de la Francophonie, Plon announced Friday.
This award crowns “the work of a Francophone natural person who, in his country or internationally, has made an eminent contribution to the maintenance and illustration of the French language.”
Alexandre Najjar succeeds Abdeljalil Lahjomri, Perpetual Secretary of the Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco, who won the Prize ex aequo with Czech poet Petr Král in 2019.
Born in 1967 in Beirut, Alexandre Najjar is the author of thirty novels, stories, poems and biographies. He wrote “Le novel de Beirut”, “the dictionary in love of Lebanon”, and a biography of Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran.
In 2018, he was a finalist for the Interallied Prize for “Harry et Franz” (Plon), a novel about the friendship of a German chaplain and a French actor denounced as a Jew for jealousy of his peers during World War II.
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 Prix are proposed to the Academy, in the first six months of each year, either by the members of the Academy itself, or by literary or scientific institutions or academies, scholarly societies, universities or natural or legal persons.