Annie Ernaux, a French Author, Received The Nobel Prize in Literature.

The Swedish Academy announced on Thursday that French novelist Annie Ernaux had won this year’s Nobel Prize in literature for “the boldness and clinical clarity with which she reveals the roots, estrangements, and collective restrictions of human memory.”

Annie Ernaux
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Annie Ernaux Achievments

Annie Ernaux, 82, began writing autobiographical novels but soon switched to writing memoirs.
She has written over 20 novels, the majority of which are relatively short accounts of the events in her life and the lives of others around her. Uncompromising depictions of sexual encounters, abortion, illness, and her parents’ deaths are shown.

The chairman of the literature Nobel Committee, Anders Olsson, remarked that Annie Ernaux’s writing was frequently “uncompromising and written in straightforward English, scraped clean.”

After the announcement in Stockholm, Sweden, he told reporters, “She has accomplished something admirable and enduring.”

Annie Ernaux calls her writing style “flat writing” (ecriture plate), characterizing it as a fairly objective view of the events she is recounting that is uninformed by florid descriptions or intense emotions.

No lyrical memories, no victorious displays of sarcasm, she writes of her connection with her father in the book that made her famous, “La Place” (A Man’s Place): I naturally write in this objective manner.

The Years (Les annees), released in 2008 and chronicling herself and larger French society from the conclusion of World War II to the present, was her most well-received work. In contrast to her earlier writings, Annie Ernaux uses the third person to write about herself in “The Years,” referring to her character as “she” rather than “I.” Numerous accolades and awards were given to the book.

Abdulrazak Gurnah, a Tanzanian-born author now residing in the United Kingdom and whose works examine the effects of migration on people and societies, won the award the previous year.

Gurnah was only the sixth Nobel laureate in literature to be born in Africa, and it has long been argued that the award places too much emphasis on authors from Europe and North America. There are only 16 women among the 118 laureates, making it a largely male organization.

The literature prize was able to move past years of controversy and scandal thanks to the awards to Gurnah in 2021 and American poet Louise Glück in 2020.

After sex abuse claims shook the Swedish Academy, which appoints the Nobel literature committee, and caused a member exodus, the award was postponed in 2018. After making changes, the academy came under fresh fire for awarding the 2019 literature prize to Austria’s Peter Handke, who has been dubbed an apologist for Serbian war crimes.

Monday marked the beginning of Nobel Prize announcement week, with Swedish scientist Svante Paabo receiving the prize in medicine for revealing Neanderthal DNA’s hidden information that was crucial to understanding our immune system.

The physics award was shared by three experts on Tuesday. A phenomenon known as quantum entanglement, which may be utilized for specialized computing and to encrypt information, was demonstrated by the Frenchman Alain Aspect, the American John F. Clauser, and the Austrian Anton Zeilinger.

Americans Carolyn R. Bertozzi and K. were given the chemistry Nobel Prize on Wednesday. Morten Meldal of Denmark and Barry Sharpless for creating a method of “snapping molecules together” that can be used to investigate cells, map DNA, and create more accurate medicine designs for conditions like cancer.

The economics prize will be awarded on Monday, while the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize will be announced on Friday.

The cash awards for the prizes total 10 million Swedish kronor, or roughly $900,000. They will be distributed on December 10. The funds come from a donation made in 1895 by Alfred Nobel, a Swedish inventor who founded the award.

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