Wed 2 Jun

David Diop Won the International Booker Prize

At Night All Blood is Black, written by David Diop and translated from French by Anna Moschovakis, was announced as the winner of the 2021 International Booker Prize on 2 June.

Born in 1966 in Paris, David Diop is the first French author to win the International Booker Prize. Raised in Senegal, he now lives in France, where he is a professor at the University of Pau, with research on such topics as eighteenth-century French literature and European representations of Africa in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

His second novel, At Night All Blood is Black (Frère d’âme) portrays a young man’s descent into madness and tells the little-heard story of the Senegalese who fought for France on the Western Front during World War I.

Published as a lead title of the 2018 French rentrée littéraire by Éditions du Seuil, the novel received fourteen prizes including the Prix Goncourt des lycéens, eight foreign Choix Goncourt, the Kourouma prize and the Strega europeo prize in Italy.

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▶️ Watch the discussion with David Diop, Anna Moschovakis and Professor Catriona Seth (Oxford University) at the Maison Française d’Oxford