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” at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm. The writer is known for works that blur the line between memoir and fiction.
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The French author 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.
About the Annie Ernaux:
- Annie Ernaux was born in 1940 and grew up in the small town of Yvetot in Normandy.
- Ernaux, 82, has seen a sharp increase in popularity in the English-speaking world since 2019, after her seminal work ‘The Years’, translated by Alison L Strayer, was shortlisted for the Man Booker international prize.
- Her book on her illegal abortion in the 1960s, ‘Happening’ (first published in 2001) has also been in the limelight after abortion rights were curtailed in the US.
- They present uncompromising portraits of sexual encounters, abortion, illness and the deaths of her parents. Ernaux describes her style as “flat writing” (ecriture plate), a very objective view of the events she is describing, unshaped by florid description or overwhelming emotions.
About the Nobel Prize:
The prize is awarded by the Swedish Academy and is worth 10 million Swedish crowns ($914,704) and will be handed out on Dec. 10. The money comes from a bequest left by the prize’s creator, Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel, in 1895.