Lucien-Barrière Literary Award
A jury composed of journalists and writers François Armanet, Ariane Bois, Tiffany Gassouk, Colombe Schneck and Éric Neuhoff will hand out the Lucien-Barrière Literary Award during the Deauville American Film Festival, under the aegis of Béatrice Nakache Halimi.
The 2023 Lucien-Barrière Literary Award goes to Katie Kitamura’s “Intimacies,” published by Stock in France.
Fleeing New York after her father’s death, the narrator settles in The Hague to become an interpreter for the International Court. An anonymous, trilingual woman lost in this city where nothing stands out, she’s seeking a sense of home and stability, specifically finding it in her work, which requires extreme rigor, neutrality and concentration. She seems content with this lackluster existence. But several jolts and tremors begin to upset this routine. Adriaan, her Dutch lover, newly separated from his wife, can’t make up his mind to get divorced. Her friend Jana is obsessed with an assault she witnessed downstairs at her place, and the narrator finds herself in the middle of a political crisis when she has to interpret for a former president accused of war crimes. A quiet, level-headed woman accustomed to going with the flow, she finds herself plunged in a tempest of betrayal, love, sorrow and violence, forcing her to choose what her life will be.