Annie Ernaux, Nobel Winner in Literature 2022


On October 6, 2022, Annie Ernaux became the first French woman to win the Noble for Literature “for the courage and clinical acuity with which she uncovers the roots, estrangements and collective restraints of personal memory.” The prize recognized all her work, which is mostly biographical.


Ernaux wrote about 20 books on what she termed “impersonal biography.” Her writing made her a feminist figure in France.



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