South African writer Henrietta Rose-Innes has been awarded the François Sommer prize [fr]
The Cape Town-based writer has been rewarded for Nineveh, her latest novel published in 2011.
The French Foundation François Sommer for hunting and nature, created in 1964 by François and Jacqueline Sommer, supports actions promoting conservation, heritage, artistic creation and literary edition. As such, they award a yearly prize to a literary work (novel or essay) which explores the relationship between man and nature and promotes the values of humanist ecology.
Henrietta Rose-Innes was awarded this prize in 2015 for her novel Nineveh, her first one to be translated in French after being first published in 2011 by Umuzi Books (Randhom House Uik). In it, she relates the story of Katya, the young proprietor of Cape Town-based Painless Pest Relocations, as she tries to control an infestation in Nineveh, a luxury yet empty residential complex. There, she finds a strange world which recalls her own past.
Henrietta Rose-Innes, who is considered as the literary disciple of Nobel prize winner J.M. Coetzee, lives in Cape Town. She is the author of several novels and short stories for which she has been shortlisted for diverse prizes. In 2008, she was also awarded the Caine Prize for African Writing for Poison.
The François Sommer literary prize will be awarded to her on Tuesday 27 January at the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature in Paris. Her next novel, Green Lion, will be unveiled at the Franschhoek literary festival in May.