Books: Goncourt

Mobilized at the beginning of the war, French Novelist Philippe Heriat found himself on duty guarding the Goncourt subway station in Paris. Fortnight ago, the name took on a new meaning for Novelist Heriat. He won the Goncourt Prize (5,000 francs), France's highest annual award for fiction.*

A tall, big-jawed, witty bachelor, Philippe Heriat considers himself to have been one of the three worst students in his school. The other two: French Air

Minister Guy La Chambre and Film Director Rene Clair. In 1916 Heriat gave up his studies to enlist, fought for 20 months. His first book, The Lamb, won the Renaudot...

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