Not Everybody Lives the Same Way

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Not Everybody Lives the Same Way
First edition (French)
AuthorJean-Paul Dubois
Audio read byJacques Gamblin
Original titleTous les hommes n'habitent pas le monde de la même façon
TranslatorDavid Homel
PublisherÉditions de l'Olivier
Publication date
14 August 2019
Published in English
3 February 2022[1]
AwardsPrix Goncourt (2019)
LC ClassPQ2664.U28435 T68 2019

Not Everybody Lives the Same Way (French: Tous les hommes n'habitent pas le monde de la même façon, lit.'Not All Men Inhabit the World in the Same Way') is a novel by the French writer Jean-Paul Dubois, published in 2019.[2] An English translation by David Homel was published in 2022 by MacLehose Press (UK)[3] and The Overlook Press (US).[4]

The novel received the 2019 Prix Goncourt.[5]


The novel tells the story of Paul Hansen, who has been incarcerated for two years in the provincial Bordeaux Prison in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


On 4 November 2019, the novel received the Prix Goncourt. Dubois won in the second round of voting, with six votes against four for Belgian writer Amélie Nothomb's novel Soif. Philippe Claudel, one of the jurors of the prize, called the novel a masterpiece, "full of humanity, melancholy, irony." The Agence France-Presse news agency called it "an affecting and nostalgic novel of lost happiness." The French magazine L'Obs called it "basically perfect."[6]

The novel was also awarded the Prix Ginkgo du Livre Audio, for the audio version read by Jacques Gamblin.[7]


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  1. ^ "Not Everybody Lives the Same Way by Jean-Paul Dubois". Hachette UK. Retrieved 9 November 2022.
  2. ^ "Tous les hommes n'habitent pas le monde de la même façon". Éditions de l'Olivier (in French). Archived from the original on 5 September 2019. Retrieved 21 October 2021.
  3. ^ "Not Everybody Lives the Same Way by Jean-Paul Dubois". MacLehose Press. Retrieved 21 October 2021.
  4. ^ "Not Everybody Lives the Same Way". Abrams Books. Retrieved 21 October 2021.
  5. ^ "Author Jean-Paul Dubois takes France's highest literary honour, the Goncourt prize". France 24. 4 November 2019. Retrieved 21 October 2021.
  6. ^ Quinn, Annalisa (4 November 2019). "Jean-Paul Dubois Wins Goncourt Prize With Melancholy Prison Novel". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 October 2021.
  7. ^ "Prix Ginkgo du Livre Audio". Le Livre Sur la Place - Ville de Nancy (in French).
  8. ^ "Le prix Goncourt 2019 décerné à Jean-Paul Dubois". Paris Match (in French). AFP. 4 November 2019. Retrieved 12 November 2022.
  9. ^ Girgis, Dahlia (2 September 2020). "Le 1er prix Ginkgo pour Jean-Paul Dubois". Livres Hebdo (in French). Retrieved 12 November 2022.