Grand Prix de L'Academic Francaise. A substantial, vigorous novel of the Galsworthy genre, a picture of pre-war and post-war Geneva in the story of Paul de Villars, musician. Born to the tradition of money, property, calvinistic bigotry, he escapes through music. Surface action in his love for two women, one an idealistic girl, the other his cousin, candid, vital, emancipated, whom he marries. A graphic portrait of the city, stronghold of old-world values whose decay at the turn of the century goes hand in hand with the decline of the aristocracy and leads up to the new forces manifest in the League of Nations. A thoughtful, solid piece of work.