Nobel Prize in Literature 2022

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2022 was 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" at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm.

Announcement of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2022 to Annie Ernaux, presented by Mats Malm, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, on 6 October 2022.

About the Annie Ernaux:

  • Annie Ernaux was born in 1940 and grew up in the small town of Yvetot in Normandy.

  • Ernaux, 82, has seen a sharp increase in popularity in the English-speaking world since 2019, after her seminal work ‘The Years’, translated by Alison L Strayer, was shortlisted for the Man Booker international prize.
  • Her book on her illegal abortion in the 1960s, ‘Happening’ (first published in 2001) has also been in the limelight after abortion rights were curtailed in the US.
  • They present uncompromising portraits of sexual encounters, abortion, illness and the deaths of her parents. Ernaux describes her style as “flat writing” (ecriture plate), a very objective view of the events she is describing, unshaped by florid description or overwhelming emotions.

About the Nobel Prize

The prize is awarded by the Swedish Academy and is worth 10 million Swedish crowns ($914,704) and will be handed out on Dec. 10. The money comes from a bequest left by the prize’s creator, Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel, in 1895.

Source: www.nobelprize.org


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