Annie Ernaux wins Nobel for literature
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Annie Ernaux wins 2022 Literature Nobel

Her path to authorship
was long and arduous

The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2022 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”.

Annie Ernaux becomes the first female French laureate of the Nobel Prize in Literature. 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.

Annie Ernaux nobel prize for literature 2022

The Nobel Prize in Literature is awarded by the Swedish Academy, Stockholm, Sweden.

The Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded 115 times to 119 Nobel Prize laureates between 1901 and 2022.

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The 2022 Nobel Prize laureate believes in the liberating force of writing. Her work is uncompromising and written in plain language, scraped clean.
With great courage and clinical acuity, Annie Ernaux reveals the agony of the experience of class, describing shame, humiliation, jealousy or inability to see who you are, she has achieved something admirable and enduring.
Annie Ernaux has said that writing is a political act, opening our eyes for social inequality. For this purpose she uses language as “a knife”, as she calls it, to tear apart the veils of imagination.
Annie Ernaux has said that writing is a political act, opening our eyes for social inequality. For this purpose she uses language as “a knife”, as she calls it, to tear apart the veils of imagination.

Ernaux started her literary career in 1974 with Les Armoires vides (Cleaned out), an autobiographical novel. She switched from fiction to autobiography very early in her life.

The eloquent description of her life experiences made her popular among the French readers and created a sense of relatability with her readers.

‘A girl’s story’ originally written in French and translated by Alison L. Strayer which presents an account of sexual encounter Ernaux has as a teenager, garnished praise from the critiques and was received as The New York Times Notable works.

Her 2008 historical memoir Les Années (The Years), was very well received by French critics, and it is considered by many to be her magnum opus.

Annie Ernaux was also nominated for the International Booker Prize 2019 for her book ‘The Years’.

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