Just call him Lance Armstrong. Jonathan Littell has won France’s top literary prize, the Prix Goncourt–the first American to do so–for his book Les Bienveillantes (“The Kindly Ones”).
French sales of the book, originally forecast at 12,000, have already pushed up toward 280,000. English rights to the book have been sold in the U.S. to News Corp.’s HarperCollins and in the U.K. to Chatto & Windus, an imprint of Bertelsmann AG’s Random House. German rights to the book have been sold to Berlin Verlag.
Jonathan Littell is the son of Robert Littell, just in case you were wondering, although he sent the novel out under the pseudonym “Jean Petit.”
I just hope he’s prepared for the doping allegations.