The Swedish Academy yesterday, October 6, announced the winner of the 2022 Nobel Prize in Literature. The Nobel Committee named the French writer, Annie Ernaux as the recipient of the prestigious award “for the courage and clinical acuity with which she uncovers the roots, estrangements and collective restraints of personal memory”
For years, Ms. Ernaux has produced brief works that capture the emotional condition of personal experience, gender, and issues affecting women in general. Her memoir, The Years, widely regarded as her masterpiece, invented a new form of the memoir through the use of the collective voice to describe personal experience.
Here’s how Anders Olsson, the Chairman of the Nobel Committee, described this year’s Nobel Laureate: “Annie Ernaux manifestly believes in the liberating force of writing. Her work is uncompromising and written in plain language, scraped clean. And when she with great courage and clinical acuity 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.”
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