It is often said that short stories do not sell well because readers prefer novels. Yet the short story has recently made a comeback. As Sam Baker observed in a 2014 article in The Telegraph, the brevity of the genre seems the perfect fit for our fast-paced life. “Many people struggle to find the time to engage with a full-length novel. A short story offers the perfect antidote—it's the equivalent of listening to a single track of music instead of the whole album” (Baker, “Irresistible”). These miniature literary worlds of short stories are a distillation of few emotions and ideas authenticated by a meticulous care for details, which manage to keep alive the audience's short attention span. In France, the annual Prix Goncourt de la nouvelle sustains the interest in the short story by recognizing polyvalent writers who have also distinguished themselves in other genres, from the two most...

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