Hervé Le Tellier wins Goncourt Prize

French author Hervé Le Tellier has been awarded on Monday the Goncourt Prize for his novel L'Anomalie (The Anomaly), news wires reported. France's top literary honour was attributed by videolink owing to the coronavirus pandemic.

Le Tellier, 63, is a mathematician by training and former journalist. He is president of the international literary group Oulipo, founded in France by poet Raymond Queneau and writer and scientist François Le Lionnais in 1960.

Le Tellier's L'Anomalie obtained eight votes from the Goncourt jury to earn the country's most prestigious book award. Finalist Mael Renouard, meanwhile, won two votes for L'Historiographe du royaume (The kingdom's historiographer).

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