STOCKHOLM — French author Annie Ernault was awarded the 2022 Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday for “courage and clinical insight” in her largely autobiographical book that explores personal memory and social inequalities.
In describing its choice, the Swedish Academy said Ernaud, 82, “consistently and from different angles examines a life marked by great disparities in terms of gender, language and class.”
Ernault, the first French woman to win a literary prize, said it was a “responsibility” to win.
“I was very surprised … I didn’t expect that to happen to my landscape as a writer,” Ernaud told Swedish broadcaster SVT. to testify accurately and fairly about the world, not about the writing of
She has previously said that writing is a political act, opening eyes to social inequalities. “And to this end, she uses her words like ‘knives,’ tearing apart the veil of her imagination,” said the Academy.
Her debut novel was Les Armoires Vides in 1974, but she gained international recognition after Les Anées was published in 2008 and translated into The Years in 2017.
“This is her most ambitious project and has brought her international fame and many followers and literary disciples,” the Academy said of the book.
Born into a humble grocer’s family from Normandy, northern France, Ernault explored class and how to adopt the norms and customs of the French bourgeoisie while staying true to his working-class background. I am writing about how I struggled with