The novel “The Anomaly” by French writer Herve Le Tellier became the second best-selling in the history of the Goncourt Awards, its publisher was quoted as saying by AFP.
He overtook Jonathan Little’s novel The Benevolent for the fictitious memories of an SS officer who won Goncourt in 2006.
The Anomaly won the Goncourt Award on November 30 last year. Of these, 633,000 copies have already been sold, compared to 618,000 for the “Benevolent” after almost 15 years, said Galimar Publishing House.
Herve Le Tellier’s eighth novel is about the consequences of an inexplicable event – a Paris-New York flight is repeated with the same passengers every few months.
The winner of the Goncourt Prize with the greatest success in its history is “The Lover” by Marguerite Duras. It won the most prestigious award for French literature in 1984. It has sold 1.63 million copies.
The success of “Anomaly” far exceeds the expectations of the author and the publisher. It was originally printed with a modest circulation of 12,000 copies. Herve Le Tellier’s previous books did not exceed a circulation of 30,000 to 40,000.
The circulation of “Anomaly” is already 930,000, and about 20,000 are sold every week.