U.S. Author Wins Britain's Bad Sex In Fiction Award Jonathan Littell is the latest winner of the Bad Sex in Fiction prize. The honor goes to a writer for overwrought descriptions of romantic encounters. Littell won for his descriptions in the The Kindly Ones that included comparisons to a cyclops, and to a soft-boiled egg.
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U.S. Author Wins Britain's Bad Sex In Fiction Award

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U.S. Author Wins Britain's Bad Sex In Fiction Award

U.S. Author Wins Britain's Bad Sex In Fiction Award

U.S. Author Wins Britain's Bad Sex In Fiction Award

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Jonathan Littell is the latest winner of the Bad Sex in Fiction prize. The honor goes to a writer for overwrought descriptions of romantic encounters. Littell won for his descriptions in the The Kindly Ones that included comparisons to a cyclops, and to a soft-boiled egg.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with congratulations to Jonathan Littell.

He's the latest winner of the bad sex in fiction prize. The honor goes to a writer for overwrought descriptions of romantic encounters. Littell won for his descriptions that included comparisons to Cyclops and to a soft boiled egg. He beat out competitors including Phillip Roth. And he enters a pantheon that includes the late and beloved John Updike, who won a lifetime achievement award.

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