Posted on September 5, 2019 at 3:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Author Yann Moix is no longer in the running for France’s top literary award after a newspaper uncovered his anti-Semitic drawings and writings.

Moix’s first novel won the Prix Goncourt in 1996, but this year’s shortlist — revealed Tuesday — does not include his latest work, Orléans.

The head of the judging panel mentioned three reasons for this exclusion, the final one being “that if we put (Moix) on the Goncourt list, inevitably all the social networks are going to accuse us of promoting anti-Semitism,” according to the New York Times.

Moix apologized for the drawings and writings, which included a Holocaust denial and were done thirty-some years ago, on Sunday and has since stopped commenting on the matter, the Times of Israel reports

Categories: Today in Books

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