Annie Ernaux

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Annie Ernaux

Annie Ernaux (born in Lillebonne, Seine-Maritime on 1 September 1940) is a French writer.[1]

She won the Prix Renaudot in 1984[2] for her book La Place, an autobiographical narrative focusing on her relationship with her father and her experiences growing up in a small town in France, and her subsequent process of moving into adulthood and away from her parents' place of origin.[3][4]

As a child, Annie Ernaux lived in Yvetot in Normandy.[5] Very early in her career, she turned away from fiction to concentrate on autobiography.[6] Her work combines historic and individual experiences. She charts her parents' social progression (La place, La honte), her adolescence (Ce qu’ils disent ou rien), her marriage (La femme gelée), her passionate affair with an eastern European man ("Simple Passion") 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).[5] Ernaux also wrote L'écriture comme un couteau (which should be understood as Writing as sharp as a knife) with Frédéric-Yves Jeannet.[5]

Her latest novel Les années (Gallimard, 2008) is considered her 'magnum opus' and was very well received by the French critics.[7] In this latter book Ernaux writes of herself in third person point of view (elle) for the first time. She gives a vivid look at French society from after Second World War until today.[8] It is the poignant social history of a woman and of the society she lived in. The female character in the book has looked death in the eye; she describes what she realizes will soon be disappearing and how relative that all is, if she should disappear too.

Many of her works have been translated into English and published by Seven Stories Press. Ernaux is one of the seven founding authors of the press from which it got its name.

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  1. ^ "Annie Ernaux". EVENE (in French). Archived from the original on 1 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  2. ^ "Tous les lauréats du Prix Renaudot" (in French). Prix-litteraires.net. Archived from the original on 28 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  3. ^ Ferniot, Christine (2005-11-01). "1983 : La place par Annie Ernaux". L'EXPRESS (in French). Archived from the original on 29 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  4. ^ Schwartz, Christine (1992-05-24). "The Prodigal Daughter". Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.). p. 35. Retrieved 2010-10-31.  (Paywall))
  5. ^ a b c "People / Personnalités / Annie Ernaux". Elle (in French). 2009-05-06. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  6. ^ "Annie Ernaux. Les Années". Le Télégramme (in French). 2009-05-03. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  7. ^ Peras, Delphine (2010-02-11). "Les Années par Annie Ernaux". L'EXPRESS (in French). Archived from the original on 29 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  8. ^ Laurin, Danielle (2008-04-03). "Autobiographie : Les années: le livre d'une vie" (in French). Radio-Canada. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  9. ^ Tison, Jean-Pierre (1997-02-01). "Critique: Annie dans l'arrière-boutique". L'EXPRESS (in French). Archived from the original on 29 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  10. ^ Massoutre, Guylaine (2008-04-19). "Littérature française - La chronique douce-amère d'Annie Ernaux". Le Devoir (in French). Retrieved 2010-10-31. 

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