Chiamanda Adichie wins french literary award


Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist

Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions ” by

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been

named one of three winners of Le

Grand Prix de l ’ héroïne Madame


The prize was established in 2006 by

the French magazine Madame Figaro

to celebrate heroines of French and

foreign literature. Each year the

shortlisted works are selected by the

magazine ’s editor .

A team of judges , chaired by

influential journalist Patrick Poivre

d’Arvor, selected one French novel ,

one foreign novel in translation , and

one nonfiction work. “ Chère Ijeawele,

ou un manifeste pour une éducation

féministe ,” the French translation of

‘Dear Ijeawele,’ was selected as the

winner in the latter category .

Along with Adichie, Alex Stresi was

awarded the prize in the French novel

category for ‘Lopping ’ and Lauren

Groff received the foreign novel prize

for ‘Les Furies .’

Adichie’s French publisher, Marie -

Pierre Gracedieu of Gallimard,

commented : “ When I read Dear

Ijeawele, I felt an urge to share it with

many friends , women and men, who

had become parents of a girl in the

recent years. Then I started to feel it

had to be read by parents of boys too .

And thereafter by everyone of us to

investigate our own education , and try

to overcome a few inherited clichés .

“ Therefore to publish it at Gallimard

has meant a lot to me, and it is a very

rewarding experience to see it

awarded the Grand Prix de l ’Héroïne

by Madame Figaro, a prize that

celebrates the power of literature and

of characters as role models .

“ The fact that such an established and

popular weekly has understood the

importance of spreading the content of

this letter - manifesto , even in the

Western world, and especially in the

political context we are now , brings

me joy and hope .”

This was the 12 th edition of the prize.

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