French author Annie Ernaux one of her country’s most acclaimed authors has been awarded the 2022 Nobel Prize in Literature.
The 2022 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to author Annie Ernaux, for her ability to “reveal the agony of the experience of class, describing shame, humiliation, jealousy or inability to see who you are.”
Ms Ernaux 82, whose work is mostly autobiographical, writes novels about daily life in France as well as non-fiction. The Nobel Prize’s Twitter account said after the announcement: Ernaux has “the courage and clinical acuity with which she uncovers the roots, estrangements and collective restraints of personal memory” and ” 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,”
Ernaux’s novels, A Man’s Place and A Woman’s Story, which were originally published in 1988 in French, have gone on to become contemporary classics in France.
The author has previously won the Prix Renaudot in France in 2008 for her autobiography The Years, and Getting Lost, is a manual for lovers, to help them find their center when they are lost in love.
The 2022 Nobel Peace Prize will be announced on Friday, and the economics award next Monday. Each of the prizes carries a cash award of 10 million Swedish krona ($1.42 million) and will be presented to winners on December 10.
The money comes from a bequest left by the prize’s creator, Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel, in 1895.
The 2022 #NobelPrize in Literature is awarded to the French author Annie Ernaux “for the courage and clinical acuity with which she uncovers the roots, estrangements and collective restraints of personal memory.” pic.twitter.com/D9yAvki1LL
— The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) October 6, 2022