Top 10 Ways to Get to Know Nobel Prize-Winning Author Annie Ernaux
Posted on October 10, 2022
by Eric P
It’s a proud and venerable American literary tradition: the Nobel committee announces the name of the winner of its annual Prize in Literature, and readers in the U.S. say “Who?”
Actually, that’s an unfair overgeneralization. We don’t always say “Who?” Occasionally we say “Huh?”
This year was no exception, as the word came down that the honor was going to Annie Ernaux, a celebrated French writer whose works blur the line between fiction and autobiography. Her books’ unflinchingly personal accounts – of growing up and asserting independence, of sex and marriage and infidelity, of illness and mortality – double as a history of French society through the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
If you’re like me, Ernaux is new to you. But good news: you can read a bunch of her books through the Library – free of charge. Even better news: a lot of her books are really short. So it won’t take much time at all for you to be able to brag convincingly to your friends about how you’ve actually been into her stuff for years.