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Greek writer wins French book prize October 27, 2007

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Greek author Vassilis Alexakis has been awarded one of France’s top fiction awards, the Grand Prix du Roman de l’Academie Francaise, for his novel “Ap. J.C,” the academy said Thursday.

Alexakis, 63, was born in Athens and came to France at the age of 17. He writes in both Greek and French. In 1995 he won another prize, the Prix Medicis, for his novel “La Langue Maternelle” (Mother Tongue).

“Ap. J.C” tells the story of a young researcher looking into the history of the monks of Mount Athos in northern Greece.

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