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December 1, 2009 | By bloomberg news
Jonathan Littell won the Bad Sex in Fiction Award, the United Kingdom's "most dreaded literary prize," for his depiction of the sadomasochistic encounters between twin siblings in "The Kindly Ones." The judges cited Littell for one incestuous scene that unfolds on the bed of a guillotine and another that invokes the myth of Cyclops, "whose single eye never blinks." These marred what the judges called an impressive work. "It is in part a work of genius," the judges said in an e-mailed statement Monday about the World War II novel, which won the Prix Goncourt, France's top book prize, in 2006.
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December 3, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
It was a threesome in Mumbai that persuaded the judges to give the 2013 Bad Sex in Fiction award to Manil Suri for his novel "The City of Devi. " The award was presented in London on Tuesday by film and television star Joan Collins. In one notable passage, Suri wrote , "Surely supernovas explode that instant, somewhere, in some galaxy. The hut vanishes, and with it the sea and the sands -- only Karun's body, locked with mine, remains. We streak like superheroes past suns and solar systems, we dive through shoals of quarks and atomic nuclei.
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March 15, 2009 | Laila Lalami, Lalami's new novel, "Secret Son," will be published in April.
The Kindly Ones A Novel Jonathan Littell, translated from the French by Charlotte Mandell Harper: 984 pp., $29.99 -- Literature has given us many unsympathetic protagonists yet relatively few genuine monsters: "Lolita's" Humbert Humbert, Shakespeare's Richard III and "American Psycho's" Patrick Bateman come to mind.
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December 4, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
England's most feared literary prize was announced Tuesday night -- "awarded" wouldn't be the right word, because the winning author was not in attendance. That was Nancy Huston, who took the 2012 Bad Sex in Fiction Award for her novel "Infrared. " The Bad Sex in Fiction Award is presented by the Literary Review , the longstanding British literary journal. While all in good fun, it's not a prize that authors hope to win. Although Huston did beat out some pretty stiff competition, including American author Tom Wolfe -- as a prior winner, he was considered by some to be a favorite.
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December 28, 2008 | David L. Ulin
Stacey D'Erasmo THIRD NOVEL COULD BE A BREAKTHROUGH Stacey D'Erasmo's third novel, "The Sky Below," has its roots in journalism; its protagonist is an obituary writer for a paper in Manhattan. "You've seen me," the book opens. "I'm the guy opposite you on the subway or the bus, I've passed you on the street a million times." Yes . . . but no, not really, for D'Erasmo has something more in mind. Her story is not about dissolution but redemption -- a revolutionary concept for a journalist these days.
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December 4, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
England's most feared literary prize was announced Tuesday night -- "awarded" wouldn't be the right word, because the winning author was not in attendance. That was Nancy Huston, who took the 2012 Bad Sex in Fiction Award for her novel "Infrared. " The Bad Sex in Fiction Award is presented by the Literary Review , the longstanding British literary journal. While all in good fun, it's not a prize that authors hope to win. Although Huston did beat out some pretty stiff competition, including American author Tom Wolfe -- as a prior winner, he was considered by some to be a favorite.
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November 6, 2007 | From the Associated Press
France's top literary prize, the Goncourt, went to author Gilles Leroy on Monday for his "Alabama Song," a story written in the first person but inspired by the descent into folly of the wife of famed novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald. Last year, the Goncourt Prize went to American author Jonathan Littell for his 900-page World War II opus "Les Bienveillantes," or "The Kindly Ones."
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October 7, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
The most talked-about title at this year's Frankfurt Book Fair is a 902-page tome that crams in the Holocaust, incest, lashings of visceral violence and some gay sex, all narrated by an unrepentant former Nazi. As if that weren't provocative enough, "Les Bienveillantes" turns out to be a first novel by Jonathan Littell, the 39-year-old son of U.S. spy novelist Robert Littell. Already a bestseller for Gallimard in France, the book has now been sold to German publishers Berlin Verlag.
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October 27, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A 900-page World War II novel that was the talk of the Frankfurt Book Fair will be published in the United States in 2008. Publisher HarperCollins won an extensive bidding war for Jonathan Littell's "The Kindly Ones," already a bestseller in France under its original title, "Les Bienveillantes." The book's narrator is a Nazi SS officer. Financial terms were not disclosed.
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November 7, 2006 | From the Associated Press
American writer Jonathan Littell won France's top literary honor, the Goncourt Prize, on Monday for a 900-page novel narrated by a Nazi SS officer -- and written in French. "Les Bienveillantes," or "The Kindly Ones," has won wide attention in France both for its subject matter and the nationality of its author. The Prix Goncourt is France's most prestigious literary prize. The 38-year-old Littell won the Academie Francaise's top literary honor last month.
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March 15, 2009 | Laila Lalami, Lalami's new novel, "Secret Son," will be published in April.
The Kindly Ones A Novel Jonathan Littell, translated from the French by Charlotte Mandell Harper: 984 pp., $29.99 -- Literature has given us many unsympathetic protagonists yet relatively few genuine monsters: "Lolita's" Humbert Humbert, Shakespeare's Richard III and "American Psycho's" Patrick Bateman come to mind.
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December 28, 2008 | David L. Ulin
Stacey D'Erasmo THIRD NOVEL COULD BE A BREAKTHROUGH Stacey D'Erasmo's third novel, "The Sky Below," has its roots in journalism; its protagonist is an obituary writer for a paper in Manhattan. "You've seen me," the book opens. "I'm the guy opposite you on the subway or the bus, I've passed you on the street a million times." Yes . . . but no, not really, for D'Erasmo has something more in mind. Her story is not about dissolution but redemption -- a revolutionary concept for a journalist these days.
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November 8, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Long-dead folk hero Woody Guthrie leads the contenders for the 2013 Bad Sex in Fiction prize . The shortlist was announced by the Literary Review, a London literary journal that endeavors -- through embarrassment, mostly -- to coax novelists to do a better job writing about sex. Guthrie wrote his only completed novel, "House of Earth," in 1947. It had been filed away with Guthrie's papers and languished undiscovered until recently, when scholar Douglas Brinkley came across a mention and went looking for it. Johnny Depp launched his HarperCollins imprint with it in October of this year.
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