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Hervé Le Tellier: “The Anomaly lends itself to serial adaptation”


INTERVIEW – The novel, published in August by Gallimard, won the Goncourt 2020 prize. And has been successful in bookstore sales. Interview with its author.

The best French series at the moment is a novel. The Anomaly (Gallimard), by Hervé Le Tellier, 2020 Goncourt Prize and phenomenal success in bookstores with 800,000 copies sold. In 2021, a Paris-New York flight carries the same passengers three months apart. A supernatural duplication that turns the lives of the characters who are victims of this duplication upside down. Interview with an author who owes as much to Italo Calvino as to pop culture.

LE FIGARO. – How do you explain the success of your novel The Anomaly?

Hervé LE TELLIER. – There are above all objective reasons. Containment, the Goncourt price, which is a multiplying factor since the book was selling well before it was even obtained (around 45,000 sales). And then the fact that it’s a real fiction, an escape. I wanted a profusion of characters and a game with genres, from science fiction to thriller through sentimental novels, making the reader an accomplice of this game. I assume its popular side.

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