French author Annie Ernaux awarded Nobel Literature Prize

French author Annie Ernaux was, on Thursday, October 6, awarded the Nobel Literature Prize ”for the courage and clinical acuity with which she uncovers the roots, estrangements and collective restraints of personal memory”, the jury said.

Ernaux, 82, is known for her deceptively simple novels drawing on personal experience of class and gender. Her more than 20 books, many of which have been school texts in France for decades, offer one of the most subtle, insightful windows into the social life of modern France.

The chairman of the Nobel Committee, Anders Olsson, said Ernaux had ”been under consideration for her books for many years”.

 

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