Distinction. Emmanuel Carrère receives the prestigious Spanish Princess of Asturias Prize for Literature


Author among others of “The adversary”, “A Russian novel” or recently of “Yoga”, Emmanuel Carrère was awarded Wednesday the prestigious Spanish Princess of Asturias Prize for Literature. The jury wanted to reward “a very personal work generating a new space of expression which erases the borders between reality and fiction”.

“An incisive portrait of society”

According to the jury chaired by Santiago Muñoz Machado, the director of the Royal Spanish Academy, Emmanuel Carrère paints an “incisive portrait of the current society” and “exerted a notable influence on the literature of our time”.

Screenwriter, journalist, actor, biographer, novelist, filmmaker, documentary maker, Emmanuel Carrère has received numerous distinctions in his career, including the Renaudot Prize in 2011 for “Limonov”.

In nearly forty years, he has built a fictional work built on self-exploration, including when he tells the story of the lives of others, from the murderer Jean-Claude Romand in “The Adversary” to the Russian writer Edouard Limonov in ” Limonov “.

His work is also marked by three tropisms: Russia with in particular his “Russian” novels including “Un Roman Russe” (2007), “Limonov” (2009) and “Voyage à Kotelnitch” (2003); the fantastic with novels like “I am alive and you are dead” (1993) and finally the news item and the social fact in books like “The snow class” (1995), brought to the screen by Claude Miller, or “The adversary” (2000), whose protagonist, Jean-Claude Romand, gave his name to one of the most famous news items in France at the end of the 20th century.

Literature and cinema

Adapted many times, he has also taken over the camera to become a documentary filmmaker (“Retour à Kotelnitch”, 2003) and filmmaker (“La mustache”, 2005) and has participated in the writing of television fictions, in particular for the series “The ghosts” (2012).

He is due to open the Directors’ Fortnight, a section parallel to the Cannes Film Festival in July with his film “Le quai de Ouistreham”, an eponymous adaptation of the story by journalist Florence Aubenas, starring actress Juliette Binoche.


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