ANNIE ERNAUX WINS THE 2022 NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE

By Spenser Stevens | October 7 2022 | Gender and Sexuality StudiesGeneralHumanities & Social SciencesLiterature

Annie Ernaux, author of almost two dozen works of memoir and the occasional book of fiction, is the winner of the 2022 Nobel Prize for Literature.

We are thrilled that Annie Ernaux has been recognized by the Nobel committee for the “clinical acuity with which she uncovers the roots, estrangements and collective restraints of personal memory.” Seven Stories Press has been publishing Ernaux’s work in the United States since releasing the first English translation of her masterpiece A Woman’s Story in 1991, up to the most recent, Getting Lost, published just two days ago (!!!). Her newest book in French, Le jeune homme, will be published by Seven Stories Press in Fall 2023. Her books are published in 42 languages.

“Congratulations first of all to Annie Ernaux, who has stood up for herself as a woman, as someone who came from the French working class, unbowed, for decade after decade,” Dan Simon, Seven Stories publisher for 31 years, said in a statement to Publishers Weekly. “Also congratulations to the Nobel Prize for Literature Committee, which here makes a brave choice by choosing someone who writes unabashedly about her sexual life, about women’s rights and her experience and sensibility as a woman—and for whom writing is life itself.”

ANNIE ERNAUX (b. 1940) is considered by many to be France’s most important literary voice. Aside from her 2022 Nobel Prize win, she has also won the Prix Renaudot for A Man’s Place and the Marguerite Yourcenar Prize for her body of work. More recently, she received the International Strega Prize, the Prix Formentor, the French-American Translation Prize, and the Warwick Prize for Women in Translation for The Years, which was also shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize. Her other works include Getting LostExteriorsA Girl’s Story, A Woman’s Story, The Possession, Simple PassionHappeningI Remain in DarknessShameA Frozen Woman, and A Man’s Place.

Explore the books of Annie Ernaux here

Getting Lost
978-1-64421-219-6
The diary of one of France’s most important, award-winning writers during the year she had a passionate and secret love affair with a Russian diplomat.
$18.95 US
Oct 04, 2022
Paperback
240 Pages
Seven Stories Press

Exteriors
978-1-64421-097-0
One of Annie Ernaux's most exciting and idiosyncratic works now in paperback for the first time.
$11.95 US
Oct 26, 2021
Paperback
96 Pages
Seven Stories Press

A Girl's Story
978-1-60980-951-5
Another masterpiece of remembering from Annie Ernaux, the Man Booker International Prize shortlisted author of The Years.
$18.95 US
Apr 07, 2020
Paperback
160 Pages
Seven Stories Press

A Woman's Story
978-1-58322-575-2
WINNER OF THE 2022 NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATUREA New York Times Notable Book"A deeply affecting account of mothers and daughters, youth and age, and dreams and reality" (Kirkus Reviews)Upon her mother’s death from Alzheimer’s, Ernaux embarks on a daunting journey back through time, as she seeks to "capture the real woman, the one who existed independently from me, born on the outskirts of a small Normandy town, and who died in the geriatric ward of a hospital in the suburbs of Paris."She explores the bond between mother and daughter, tenuous and unshakable at once, the alienating worlds that separate them, and the inescapable truth that we must lose the ones we love. In this quietly powerful tribute, Ernaux attempts to do her mother the greatest justice she can: to portray her as the individual she was. She writes, "I believe I am writing about my mother because it is my turn to bring her into the world."
$12.95 US
Aug 05, 2003
Paperback
104 Pages
Seven Stories Press

The Possession
978-1-58322-855-5
WINNER OF THE 2022 NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURESelf-regard, in the works of Annie Ernaux, is always an excruciatingly painful and exact process. Here, she revisits the peculiar kind of self-fulfillment possible when we examine ourselves in the aftermath of a love affair, and sometimes, even, through the eyes of the lost beloved.
$11.95 US
Dec 02, 2008
Paperback
64 Pages
Seven Stories Press

Simple Passion
978-1-58322-574-5
WINNER OF THE 2022 NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATUREA New York Times Notable BookIn her spare, stark style, Annie Ernaux documents the desires and indignities of a human heart ensnared in an all-consuming passion.Blurring the line between fact and fiction, an unnamed narrator attempts to plot the emotional and physical course of her 2 year relationship with a married foreigner where every word, event, and person either provides a connection with her beloved or is subject to her cold indifference.With courage and exactitude, she seeks the truth behind an existence lived entirely for someone else, and, in the pieces of its aftermath, she is able to find it.
$12.95 US
Aug 05, 2003
Paperback
80 Pages
Seven Stories Press

Happening
978-1-60980-948-5
A haunting meditation on memory and trauma by the award-winning French memoirist
$14.95 US
May 14, 2019
Paperback
96 Pages
Seven Stories Press

"I Remain in Darkness"
978-1-58322-052-8
WINNER OF THE 2022 NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATUREAn extraordinary evocation of a grown daughter’s attachment to her mother, and of both women’s strength and resiliency. I Remain in Darkness recounts Annie’s attempts first to help her mother recover from Alzheimer’s disease, and then, when that proves futile, to bear witness to the older woman’s gradual decline and her own experience as a daughter losing a beloved parent. I Remain in Darkness is a new high water mark for Ernaux, surging with raw emotional power and her sublime ability to use language to apprehend her own life’s particular music.A Washington Post Top Memoir of 1999
$11.95 US
Nov 07, 2000
Paperback
96 Pages
Seven Stories Press

Shame
978-1-58322-018-4
WINNER OF THE 2022 NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE"My father tried to kill my mother one Sunday in June, in the early afternoon," begins Shame, the probing story of the 12 year old girl who will become the author herself, and the single traumatic memory that will echo and resonate throughout her life. With the emotionally rich voice of great fiction and the diamond-sharp analytical eye of a scientist, Annie Ernaux provides a powerful reflection on experience and the power of violent memory to endure through time, to determine the course of a life.
$12.95 US
Jun 09, 1998
Paperback
112 Pages
Seven Stories Press

A Frozen Woman
978-1-888363-38-8
WINNER OF THE 2022 NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATUREA Frozen Woman charts Ernaux's teenage awakening, and then the parallel progression of her desire to be desirable and her ambition to fulfill herself in her chosen profession - with the inevitable conflict between the two. And then she is thirty years old, a teacher married to an executive, mother of two infant sons. She looks after their nice apartment, raises her children. And yet, like millions of other women, she has felt her enthusiasm and curiosity, her strength and her happiness, slowly ebb under the weight of her daily routine. The very condition that everyone around her seems to consider normal and admirable for a woman is killing her. While each of Ernaux's books contain an autobiographical element, A Frozen Woman, one of Ernaux's early works, concentrates the spotlight piercingly on Annie herself. Mixing affection, rage and bitterness, A Frozen Woman shows us Ernaux's developing art when she still relied on traditional narrative, before the shortened form emerged that has since become her trademark.
$15.95 US
Oct 08, 1996
Paperback
192 Pages
Seven Stories Press

A Man's Place
978-1-60980-403-9
Annie Ernaux’s father died exactly two months after she passed her practical examination for a teaching certificate. Barely educated and valued since childhood strictly for his labor, Ernaux’s father had grown into a hard, practical man who showed his family little affection. Narrating his slow ascent towards material comfort, Ernaux’s cold observation reveals the shame that haunted her father throughout his life. She scrutinizes the importance he attributed to manners and language that came so unnaturally to him as he struggled to provide for his family with a grocery store and cafe in rural France. Over the course of the book, Ernaux grows up to become the uncompromising observer now familiar to the world, while her father matures into old age with a staid appreciation for life as it is and for a daughter he cautiously, even reluctantly admires. A Man’s Place is the companion book to her critically acclaimed memoir about her mother, A Woman’s Story.
$13.95 US
Jun 05, 2012
Paperback
96 Pages
Seven Stories Press