Translated by Linda Asher
Prix France Culture/Télérama, 2006
Cannes, Palme d'Or, 2008 (film)
Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, 2009 (film)
Winner of the Prix France Culture/Télérama prize, The Class explores timely issues of race, class, identity, colonial history, immigration, and education, "suspend[ing] judgment and liberat[ing] the raw words of kids in a deconsecrated classroom" (Le Monde). The novel's eponymous film version, directed by Laurent Cantet, starring author Bégaudeau as himself, won the Palme d'Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for the 2009 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
"The Class is a prime document of French postcolonial blues, though its relevance to American urban education could not be any greater if it had been made in the Bronx or Trenton or South Los Angeles." —David Denby, The New Yorker
"Franois Bégaudeau's award-winning [The Class ] . . . trains the reader to look anew at the republican school and study the republican legacy with fresh eyes." —Yale Review