A photo of Annie Ernaux smiling and looking above the camera. (2cordevocali/Wikimedia/CC BY-SA 4.0) The following is re-posted from the Conversation . We share this reflection because A nnie Ernaux's writing centers socio-political context and the experiences, and suffering, of the French working-class. The French author Annie Ernaux has won the 2022 Nobel prize in literature at the age of 82. Of the 119 awarded, Ernaux is only the 18th woman Nobel laureate in literature and the first French woman to have won the prize. The academy praised her “for the courage and clinical acuity with which she uncovers the roots, estrangements and collective restraints of personal memory”. From her first book Cleaned Out in 1973, Ernaux's work has been closely informed by her own life experiences. She has continued to surprise and inspire readers with coverage of daring topics and her innovative approach to genres. Her body of work includes discussions on the act and art of writing, texts incorporating personal photographs, intimate and public diaries, and life-writing that refuses to be contained by categories. Class conflict Born in 1940, Ernaux was brought up in Yvetot in Normandy. She is the only daughter of working-class parents who ran a cafe-cum-grocers, and her childhood was underpinned by class tensions within the family home and outside it. Ernaux attended a private Catholic girls' school for her secondary education, which fuelled social divisions between her and her parents – in particular her father, which she explores in her fourth publication A […]
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