French author Annie Ernaux wins Nobel Literature Prize

The Nobel Literature Prize was given to French novelist Annie Ernaux on Thursday. Annie Ernaux is renowned for her deceptively straightforward books that draw on personal experience of class and gender.

The committee cited Ernaux, 82, as receiving the award “for the boldness and clinical clarity with which she unearths the roots, estrangements, and collective restrictions of personal memory.”

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Interviewed on Swedish television immediately after the announcement, Ernaux called it a “very great honour” and “a great responsibility”.

One of the most nuanced, perceptive windows into the social life of contemporary France may be found in her more than 20 books, many of which have been required reading in French classrooms for decades.

All of Ernaux’s works are inspired by personal experiences, and she is the inventor of the French “autofiction” subgenre that gives real-life experience a narrative structure.

Above all, Ernaux’s crystal-clear prose has uncovered her own journey from a working-class child to a member of the literary elite while critically examining societal norms and her own nuanced emotions.

“In her writing, Ernaux consistently and from different angles, examines a life marked by strong disparities regarding gender, language and class”, the Swedish Academy noted.

“Her work is uncompromising and written in plain language, scraped clean”, it said.

“And when she with great courage and clinical acuity 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”.

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