“for the courage and clinical acuity with which she uncovers the roots, estrangements and collective restraints of personal memory”— The citation for Annie Ernaux.
The Nobel Prize in Literature goes to ... Annie Ernaux
They've announced the winner of this year's Nobel Prize in Literature, and it is Annie Ernaux.
She was awarded the prize: "for the courage and clinical acuity with which she uncovers the roots, estrangements and collective restraints of personal memory".
Great news for publishers Seven Stories and Fitzcarraldo Editions, who have long championed her.
For first reports on her win, see, for example:
- Annie Ernaux wins the 2022 Nobel prize in literature by Sarah Shaffi in The Guardian
- Nobel Prize in literature awarded to Annie Ernaux by Jacob Brogan in The Washington Post
- Le prix Nobel de littérature 2022 attribué à la romancière française Annie Ernaux by Raphaëlle Leyris in Le Monde
- Ce qu'ils disent ou rien
- Cleaned Out
- L'ecriture comme un couteau
- A Frozen Woman
- A Girl's Story
- "I Remain in Darkness"
- A Man's Place
- The Possession
- Se perdre
- Simple Passion
- Things Seen
- The Years
Getting Lost, translated by Alison L Sayers
On 16 Nov, 1989, I phoned the Soviet embassy in Paris and asked to speak to Mr S. The switchboard operator did not reply. After a long silence, a woman’s voice said: ‘You know, Mr S returned to Moscow yesterday.’ I immediately hung up. I felt as if I’d heard this sentence before, over the phone. The words were not the same but they had the same meaning, the same weight of horror, and were just as impossible to believe. Later, I remembered the announcement of my mother’s death, three and a half years earlier, how the nurse at the hospital had said: ‘Your mother passed away this morning after breakfast.’
The Berlin Wall had fallen several days before. The Soviet regimes established in Europe were toppling one after the other. The man who had just returned to Moscow was a faithful servant of the USSR, a Russian diplomat posted in Paris.
I had met him the previous year on a writers’ junket to Moscow, Tbilisi, and Leningrad, a voyage he had been assigned to accompany. We had spent the last night together, in Leningrad. After returning to France, we continued to see each other. The ritual was invariable. He would ring to ask if he could come around to see me in the afternoon or evening, or, more rarely, a day or two later. He would arrive and stay just a few hours, which we spent making love. Then he left, and I would live in wait for his next call.
Countdown to the Nobel Prize
Yes, the Nobel Prize in Literature will be announcedtomorrow.
Check out the latest odds at Ladbrokes -- Salman Rushdie at 8/1 as I write this (sorry, I don't see it; I don't think he made the shortlist -- a necessary step -- because I can't imagine the Nobel committee takes his more recent fiction seriously) .
Recent articles considering what might happen include: Salman Rushdie among favourites for this year's Nobel prize for literature by Sarah Shaffi at The Guardian and Aftonbladet's Aftonbladet Kultur tippar litteraturpriset, with various journalists saying who they would like to see win, and who they would be disappointed to have win. The Svenska Dagbladet preview, De kan få årets Nobelpris i litteratur is unfortunately paywalled.
I'll have extensive coverage tomorrow -- though how extensive will depend very much on who gets the prize.
As you know, Annie Ernaux was awarded this year's Nobel Prize in Literature; see also my coverage from yesterday.
See now also:
- In honoring Annie Ernaux, the literature Nobel Prize gets it exactly right by David L. Ulin in The Los Angeles Times
- Annie Ernaux Is a Perfect Nobel Laureate by Alex Shephard at Critical Mass
- In Annie Ernaux, a Nobel Laureate Who Plumbs Her Own Passions by Dwight Garner in The New York Times
- Annie Ernaux: the 2022 Nobel literature laureate's greatest works, as selected by Catherine Taylor in The Guardian
- Annie Ernaux: Opening lines from books by the 2022 Nobel Prize winner for literature in Scroll.in
- Diary, 1988 by Annie Ernaux