Annie ErnauxAnnie Ernaux (born in Lillebonne, Seine-Maritime on 1 September 1940) is a French writer.
She won the Prix Renaudot in 1984 for her book ''La Place'' (A Man's Place), an autobiographical narrative focusing on her relationship with her father and her experiences growing up in a small town in France, and her subsequent process of moving into adulthood and away from her parents' place of origin. As a child, Annie Ernaux lived in Yvetot in Normandy, where her parents ran a café-grocery store. Very early in her career, she turned away from fiction to concentrate on autobiography. Her work combines historic and individual experiences. She charts her parents' social progression (''La place'', ''La honte''), her adolescence (''Ce qu'ils disent ou rien''), her marriage (''La femme gelée''), her passionate affair with an eastern European man ("Simple Passion") her abortion (''L'événement''), Alzheimer's disease (''Je ne suis pas sortie de ma nuit''), the death of her mother (''Une femme'') and breast cancer (''L'usage de la photo''). Ernaux also wrote ''L'écriture comme un couteau'' (which should be understood as Writing as sharp as a knife) with Frédéric-Yves Jeannet.
''A Woman's Story,'' ''A Man's Place,'' and ''Simple Passion'' were recognized as The New York Times Notable Books, and ''A Woman's Story'' was a Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. ''Shame'' was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 1998, ''I Remain in Darkness'' a Top Memoir of 1999 by The Washington Post, and ''The Possession'' was listed as a Top Ten Book of 2008 by More Magazine.
Her 2008 historical memoir ''Les Années'' (The Years) is considered by many to be her 'magnum opus', and it was very well received by French critics. In this book Ernaux writes of herself in the third person (''elle'') for the first time, providing a vivid look at French society from just after the Second World War until the early 2000s. It is the poignant social history of a woman and of the evolving society she lived in. ''The Years'' won the 2008 Françoise-Mauriac Prize of the Académie française, the 2008 Marguerite Duras Prize, the 2008 French Language Prize, the 2009 Télégramme Readers Prize, and the 2016 Premio Strega Europeo Prize. Translated by Alison L. Strayer, ''The Years'' was a Finalist for the 31st Annual French-American Foundation Translation Prize. In 2018 she won the Premio Hemingway. Many of her works have been translated into English and published by Seven Stories Press. Ernaux is one of the seven founding authors of the press from which it got its name. Provided by Wikipedia