US Gay Writer Wins Coveted Paris Book Award

Fri. November 19, 2004 12:00 AM by

Paris - Bruce Benderson, a New York-based writer has been awarded the Prix de Flore for "Autobiographie Erotique".

The prize was awarded by the famed Cafe de Flore, the Paris hangout where Jean-Paul Sartre, Ernest Hemingway, and a host other writers hung out.

The Cafe annually chooses the book it believes to be the most noteworthy of the year. The prize includes $8,000.

Benderson, who is openly gay and has two previous novels to his name, also works as a translator for prominent French writers and as a literature lecturer in US universities.

"Autobiographie Erotique" so far has been published only in France.

The book is an account of Benderson's nine-month relationship with a man in Romania and his experiences in the country, interwoven with various historical figures and references.

In a recent interview Benderson called the book an erotic-noir "journal".

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