Paris October 29
Le poulailler métaphysique, Éditions Le Pommier, 2021 by Xavier Galmiche, delivers a deep reflection on our humanity.
He received six votes in the second round against two to the poet and novelist Laura Vazquez for The Perpetual Week (Éditions du Sous-Sol).
Claude Arnaud, membre of jury qualified the book as “remarkable for its precision and humor, Le Poulailler métaphysique (The Metaphysical Chicken House) traces the daily life of a Parisian living in the Perche region of France, where he raises chickens, with an elegance and irony sometimes reminiscent of Jules RENARD’s Histoires Naturelles.”
Initially created, as its name indicates, to reward a book unjustly forgotten by the major prizes of October and November, this prize is awarded this year even before the Goncourt.
The prize is coveted for its substantial endowment of 15,000 euros ($17,300), with the support of the Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent Foundation.