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A parable of the corporate world, The Award takes place at a ceremony in a massive automobile factory. One by one, speakers step up to the podium. A company officer introduces each award recipient with a short speech on his or her merits. Then, the winner makes a short speech of acceptance. But The Award's is a ceremony unlike any other. Each presentation becomes a minibio ...more
Hardcover, 151 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by Four Walls Eight Windows (first published 1993)
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Bleak and bitter all the way through. Salvayre takes aim at the hypocrisy of factory bosses who pretend to honor their workers while literally squeezing them to death. The book alternates between the self-congratulatory speeches of the hierarchy and the testimonies of the medal awardees who recount lives of abominable physical and mental sufferings. A bunch of irate workers eventually disrupts the ceremony and some sort of revolution seems on the brink of taking place, but in the end the status ...more
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I eagerly sought it out, purchased it, awaited its arrival, prepared to love it, and shamefully gave up within a chapter and a half. I dunno. As a lampoon it seemed easy and obvious, not particularly funny, and a bit of a put on. At least at first impression. But maybe I'm in a mood.

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Lydie Salvayre is a French writer. Born in the south of France to Republican refugees from the Spanish Civil War, she went on to study medicine in Toulouse and continues to work as a practicing psychiatrist. She has been awarded both the Prix Hermes and the Prix Novembre for her work.
She won the Prix Goncourt 2014 for her novel Pas Pleurer.
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