The Goncourt Prize is one of the most important literary awards in the French-speaking world. It is, of course, heavily debated, with writings about the winner and the possible motivation behind the nominations, each and every year. At the festival this year, we have two of the most recent winners. Leïla Slimani is one of only nine women who have been awarded the prize over the last century; and Nicolas Mathieu who won in 2018 with a novel that must be said to place itself directly in relation to the challenges the country faces. Mathieu and Slimani meet to talk about the importance of the prize, their own books and previous winners. The conversation is led by Marius Warholm Haugen.

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