Nadia Rodríguez, a Professor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, led the initiative
The French Institute of Madrid called on Spanish universities to participate in the selection of the winner of the 2018 Goncourt Prize. Seven universities, including Comillas, participated in what was known as "The Spanish selection". Comillas was able to participate in this contest thanks to the initiative of the Professor of French Language and Culture, of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nadia Rodriguez, who presented a report so that her French class level C.1 could participate, having considered that it would be a very enriching initiative for all students.
Once it was announced that the candidacy of Comillas had been selected, the students were requested to read the novels that were presented and offered at no cost by the French Institute of Madrid. The ceremony for the selection took place at the Résidence de France. Eric Laloux, a student at Comillas, represented his class in the deliberation that lasted more than an hour and a half, and in which a jury of experts participated. This jury included, in addition to the Ambassador of France, the writers Antonio Muñoz Molina and Tahar Ben Jelloun.
The winner was finally announced as David Diop, with his work "Frère d'âme". The Prix Goncourt, created by Edmond de Goncourt, is considered one of the most important awards in France.