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 Lost, Exteriors, A Girl’s Story, A Woman’s Story, The Possession, Simple Passion, Happening, I Remain in Darkness, Shame, A Frozen Woman, and A Man’s Place.
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