Jonathan LITTELL ... Les Bienveillantes (2006)
AMERICAN-BORN Jonathan Littell has won the 2006 Prix Goncourt for French Literature, France’s most prestigious literary award, with his first novel which he wrote in French, his second language. Les Bienveillantes (or “The Kindly Ones”) (Gallimard, 2006) is a sumptuous novel about a Nazi officer who lives in France after World War II. Littell, the son of veteran journalist-turned-spy novelist Robert Littell, is the first American to win the Prix Goncourt. Look out for the English translation by Chatto and Windus when it comes out in early 2008.