SRINAGAR: French author, Annie Ernaux was given the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2022. She was given the prize for “the courage and clinical acuity with which she uncovers the roots, estrangements and collective restraints of personal memory”.

Though she started with a novel, she focused on autobiography. Her work, according to information available in the public domain, combines historic and individual experiences. She charts her parents’ social progression (La place, La honte), her teenage years (Ce qu’ils disent ou rien), her marriage (La femme gelée), her passionate affair with an eastern European man (Passion simple), her abortion (L’événement), Alzheimer’s disease (Je ne suis pas sortie de ma nuit), the death of her mother (Une femme), and breast cancer (L’usage de la photo). Besides, Ernaux also wrote L’écriture comme un couteau (Writing as Sharp as a Knife) with Frédéric-Yves Jeannet.

A Woman’s Story, A Man’s Place, and Simple Passion were recognized as her best books. Her 2008 historical memoir Les Années (The Years) is considered by many to be her magnum opus.


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