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, without judgment or sentimentality. The novel's eponymous film version, directed by Laurent Cantet and 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.