Hervé Le Tellier's “L'Anomalie” is the second best-selling Goncourt in history.



The success of

The Anomaly is

not running out of steam.

As reported by RTL on Monday, 631,500 copies of Hervé Le Tellier's novel have been sold since its release.

It thus exceeds the sales figures of the


by Jonathan Littell, Goncourt price 2006, sold 618,000 copies.

It became the second best-selling Goncourt after


by Marguerite Duras.

The writer nevertheless keeps a large lead with nearly 1.6 million sales since 1984, reports BFMTV.

"Strong" and "sustained" sales

"It was not easy to be able to overtake 

Les Bienveillantes,

which in its time had been a huge success," explained Jean-Charles Grunstein, Gallimard's commercial director, to RTL.

Sales are much stronger and much more sustained than they had been for 

Les Bienveillantes,

 which sold over a significantly longer time.


And the beautiful story shouldn't end there for

The Anomaly


According to Gallimard's commercial director, Hervé Le Tellier's novel should sell for between 750,000 and 800,000 copies.


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