For "the boldness and clinical precision with which she discovers the roots, estrangements, and collective restrictions of personal memory," French novelist Annie Ernaux has been awarded the 2022 Nobel Prize in Literature.
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The 2022 #NobelPrize in Literature is awarded to the French author Annie Ernaux “for the courage and clinical acuity with which she uncovers the roots, estrangements and collective restraints of personal memory.” pic.twitter.com/D9yAvki1LL
Annie Ernaux was born in 1940 and grew up in the small town of Yvetot in Normandy.
“Annie Ernaux’s debut was Les armoires vides (1974; Cleaned Out, 1990), and already in this work she started her investigation of her Norman background, but it was her fourth book, La place (1983; A Man’s Place, 1992), that delivered her literary breakthrough,” The Swedish Academy said in a statement.
“In her writing, Ernaux consistently and from different angles, examines a life marked by strong disparities regarding gender, language and class. Her path to authorship was long and arduous," the statement further read.