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Oksanen Wins French Literary Prize

Author Sofi Oksanen has gained further success in France, picking up a prestigious award on Tuesday. Last week her novel Purge was number one on the French bestseller list.

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The Finnish-Estonian writer was named as the winner of the foreign category of the Prix Femina award in Paris on Tuesday afternoon. Oksanen was not present as she was in Iceland accepting the Nordic Council literary prize.

Established in 1904, the Prix Femina is chosen by an all-female jury. However many of the winning books have been by men.

In August, France's largest bookstore chain, Fnac, chose Purge as its Novel of the Year.

Oksanen, 33, has also been shortlisted for the Prix Médicis étranger for translated work. The winner is to be announced on Wednesday.

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