Annie Ernaux: in short, what you need to know

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French author Annie Ernaux has won the Nobel Prize in Literature, for what the panel said was an „uncompromising” 50-year body of work exploring „a life marked by great disparities regarding gender, language and class”.

Anders Olsson, chair of the literature committee, said the 82-year-old’s work was „admirable and enduring”.

He said she used „courage and clinical acuity” to tell largely autobiographical stories that uncover „the contradictions of social experience [and] describe shame, humiliation, jealousy or the inability to see who you are”.

Ernaux is the first French woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature prize.

Her official biography said the main themes of her work were „the body and sexuality; intimate relationships; social inequality and the experience of changing class through education; time and memory; and the overarching question of how to write these life experiences”.

Her books are considered contemporary classics in France and have been translated into many languages.

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