French author Annie Ernaux wins prestigious literature prize

Stockholm: French author Annie Ernaux received the 2022 Nobel Prize in Literature “for the courage and clinical acumen with which she discovers the roots, the remoteness and the collective constraints of personal memory”, the body which awards said on Thursday. the price.

Ernaux, whose work is mostly autobiographical, is 82 years old.

French author Annie Ernaux poses for a photo in 2019.Credit:SIPA via AP

In explaining its choice, the Swedish Academy said that Ernaux “coherently and from different angles examines a life marked by strong disparities in gender, language and class”.

Her first novel was Les Armoires Vides in 1974 but she gained international recognition following the publication of Les Années in 2008, translated into Les Années in 2017.

“It is his most ambitious project, which has given him an international reputation and a multitude of followers and literary disciples,” the Academy said of this book.

The prizes for achievement in science, literature and peace were created in the will of Swedish chemist and engineer Alfred Nobel, whose invention of dynamite made him rich and famous, and are awarded since 1901.

While many previous literature winners were already widely read before winning the prize, the prize generates enormous media attention and can propel lesser-known authors to global fame while boosting book sales, even for literary superstars.


Some prizes have been awarded to writers outside of traditional literary genres, including French philosopher Henri Bergson in 1927, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1953 and American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan in 2016.

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