Emmanuel de Waresquiel, winner of the 86th edition of the Prix des Deux Magots
The whole Paris of the publishing world met today, Tuesday January 29, in the mythical literary café Les Deux Magots to attend the 86th edition of the Prix des Deux Magots, one of the oldest literary awards.
After a final deliberation among the 4 works that were still in the running, it is the one of the historian Emmanuel de Waresquiel, The time to realize it published by L’iconoclaste, which was awarded the Prix des Deux Magots by 7 votes out of 13, 5 votes going to Franck Maubert’s book The passing water at Gallimard Publishing, while a voice was given to Paul Greveillac for Masters and slaves published by Gallimard.
The jury was seduced by the fact that it was “a recognized historian who has given himself up here in a more personal account of time and history and who has had the audacity to leave his usual field”. As for the laureate, Emmanuel de Waresquiel, he is “happy to receive this first Literary Prize which salutes his passage from History to Literature, a more personal voice than the voice of the historian.
“To be a historian is to have an immense curiosity for the present, and in this book I wanted to decipher our time and its actuality in the light of history.
The winner, Emmanuel de Waresquiel, received a check for 7,700 euros from Catherine Mathivat, the owner of the literary café Les Deux Magots.