Jonathan Litell: peor escena sexual
El premio más temido por todos los escritores en lengua inglesa ha sido entregado a Jonathan Litell. Se trata del galardón que otorga The Literary Review a la peor escena de sexo descrita en un libro durante el año. La escena aparece en la obra del premiado Litell, The Kindly Ones (Las Benévolas). Y el pasaje ganador empieza así: "This sex was watching at me, spying on me, like a Gorgon's head".
The book, which was originally published in French, won the Prix Goncourt in 2006 and has sold over a million copies in Europe. Judges at the Literary Review gave him the bad sex prize for a passage that begins: "This sex was watching at me, spying on me, like a Gorgon's head". The award was accepted by Littell's agent. He has yet to comment. In one excerpt, the author describes a sexual encounter as "a jolt that emptied my head like a spoon scraping the inside of a soft-boiled egg". The Literary Review said Littell's book was "in part a work of genius", adding they hoped the author would take their dishonour "in good humour". The shortlist for the prize also included works by Paul Theroux and musician Nick Cave.