Best Selling Books by Annie Ernaux

Annie Ernaux is the author of Happening (2019), The Years (2017), Getting Lost (2022), Shame (1998), A Frozen Woman (2020), Simple Passion (2011) and other 19 books.

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Happening

release date: May 14, 2019
Happening
WINNER OF THE 2022 NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE "Happening recounts what it was like to be a young woman whose life changed — and world ominously narrowed — in 1963 with an unwanted pregnancy. . . . It feels urgently of the moment." --The New York Times In 1963, Annie Ernaux, 23 and unattached, realizes she is pregnant. Shame arises in her like a plague: Understanding that her pregnancy will mark her and her family as social failures, she knows she cannot keep that child. This is the story, written forty years later, of a trauma Ernaux never overcame. In a France where abortion was illegal, she attempted, in vain, to self-administer the abortion with a knitting needle. Fearful and desperate, she finally located an abortionist, and ends up in a hospital emergency ward where she nearly dies. In Happening, Ernaux sifts through her memories and her journal entries dating from those days. Clearly, cleanly, she gleans the meanings of her experience. Now an award-winning film by Audrey Diwan Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival Official Selection of the Sundance Film Festival

The Years

release date: Nov 21, 2017
The Years
WINNER OF THE 2022 NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE Shortlisted for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize Considered by many to be the iconic French memoirist''s defining work and a breakout bestseller when published in France in 2008 The Years is a personal narrative of the period 1941 to 2006 told through the lens of memory, impressions past and present—even projections into the future—photos, books, songs, radio, television and decades of advertising, headlines, contrasted with intimate conflicts and writing notes from 6 decades of diaries. Local dialect, words of the times, slogans, brands and names for the ever-proliferating objects, are given voice here. The voice we recognize as the author''s continually dissolves and re-emerges. Ernaux makes the passage of time palpable. Time itself, inexorable, narrates its own course, consigning all other narrators to anonymity. A new kind of autobiography emerges, at once subjective and impersonal, private and collective. On its 2008 publication in France, The Years came as a surprise. Though Ernaux had for years been hailed as a beloved, bestselling and award-winning author, The Years was in many ways a departure: both an intimate memoir "written" by entire generations, and a story of generations telling a very personal story. Like the generation before hers, the narrator eschews the "I" for the "we" (or "they", or "one") as if collective life were inextricably intertwined with a private life that in her parents'' generation ceased to exist. She writes of her parents'' generation (and could be writing of her own book): "From a common fund of hunger and fear, everything was told in the "we" and impersonal pronouns." Co-winner of the 2018 French-American Foundation Translation Prize in Nonfiction Winner of the 2017 Marguerite Yourcenar Prize for her entire body of work Winner of the 2016 Strega European Prize

Getting Lost

release date: Sep 27, 2022
Getting Lost
WINNER OF THE 2022 NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE The diary of one of France’s most important, award-winning writers during the year she had a passionate and secret love affair with a Russian diplomat Getting Lost is the diary Annie Ernaux kept during the year and a half she had a secret love affair with a younger, married man, a Russian diplomat. Her novel, Simple Passion, was based on this affair, but here her writing is immediate, unfiltered. In these diaries it is 1989 and Annie is divorced with two grown sons, living outside of Paris and nearing fifty. Her lover escapes the city to see her there and Ernaux seems to survive only in expectation of these encounters, saying “his desire for me is the only thing I can be sure of.” She cannot write, she trudges distractedly through her various other commitments in the world, she awaits his next call; she lives only to feel desire and for the next rendezvous. When he is gone and the desire has faded, she feels that she is a step closer to death. Lauded for her spare prose, Ernaux here removes all artifice, her writing pared down to its most naked and vulnerable. Getting Lost is as strong a book as any that she has written, a haunting, desperate view of strong and successful woman who seduces a man only to lose herself in love and desire.

Shame

release date: Jan 01, 1998
Shame
A fictional memoir of the author''s youth focuses on a young girl who becomes a witness to a terrifying confrontation between her parents during which her father tries to kill her mother, detailing the long-term impact of the event on the family and on the girl as she grows up. IP.

A Frozen Woman

release date: May 19, 2020
A Frozen Woman
WINNER OF THE 2022 NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE A Frozen Woman charts Ernaux''s teenage awakening, and then the parallel progression of her desire to be desirable and her ambition to fulfill herself in her chosen profession - with the inevitable conflict between the two. And then she is 30 years old, a teacher married to an executive, mother of two infant sons. She looks after their nice apartment, raises her children. And yet, like millions of other women, she has felt her enthusiasm and curiosity, her strength and her happiness, slowly ebb under the weight of her daily routine. The very condition that everyone around her seems to consider normal and admirable for a woman is killing her. While each of Ernaux''s books contain an autobiographical element, A Frozen Woman, one of Ernaux''s early works, concentrates the spotlight piercingly on Annie herself. Mixing affection, rage and bitterness, A Frozen Woman shows us Ernaux''s developing art when she still relied on traditional narrative, before the shortened form emerged that has since become her trademark.

Simple Passion

release date: Jan 04, 2011
Simple Passion
WINNER OF THE 2022 NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE A New York Times Notable Book In her spare, stark style, Annie Ernaux documents the desires and indignities of a human heart ensnared in an all-consuming passion. Blurring the line between fact and fiction, an unnamed narrator attempts to plot the emotional and physical course of her 2 year relationship with a married foreigner where every word, event, and person either provides a connection with her beloved or is subject to her cold indifference. With courage and exactitude, she seeks the truth behind an existence lived entirely for someone else, and, in the pieces of its aftermath, she is able to find it.

Cleaned Out

release date: Jan 01, 1996
Cleaned Out
Cleaned Out tells the story of Denise Lesur, a 20-year-old woman suffering the after-effects of a back-alley abortion. Alone in her college dorm room, Denise attempts to understand how her suffocating middle-class upbringing has brought her to such an awful present. Ernaux, one of France''s most important contemporary writers, daringly breaks with formal French literary tradition in this moving novel about abortion, growing up, and coming to terms with one''s childhood.

La Place

release date: Oct 03, 2017
La Place
The full French text is accompanied by French-English vocabulary. Notes and a detailed introduction in English put the work in its social and historical context.

La honte

release date: Jan 01, 1997
La honte
Parce qu''elle a vu ce qu''il ne fallait pas voir, une petite fille de douze ans a "honte". Un récit, quasi entomologique en son analyse, incisif et précis, qui dérange de vérité et provoque l''empathie. SDM.

Passion simple

release date: Jan 01, 1991
Passion simple
Un Don Juan à éclipses, venu de l''Est, fait souffrir une nouvelle Bovary. Sur le thème de l''attente amoureuse, un roman sentimental de type "Harlequin", investi, avec une autorité sobre, par une intellectuelle. La critique est partagée. J.-F. Josselin, du ##Nouvel Observateur##, dit que ce petit livre est "aussi charmant qu''inutile."

L'occupation

release date: Jan 01, 2003
L'occupation
J''avais quitté W. Quelques mois après, il m''a annoncé qu''il allait vivre avec une femme, dont il a refusé de me dire le nom. A partir de ce moment, je suis tombée dans la jalousie. L''image et l''existence de l''autre femme n''ont cessé de m''obséder, comme si elle était entrée en moi. C''est cette occupation que je décris. A. E.

A Woman's Story

release date: Jan 04, 2011
A Woman's Story
WINNER OF THE 2022 NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE A New York Times Notable Book "A deeply affecting account of mothers and daughters, youth and age, and dreams and reality" (Kirkus Reviews) Upon her mother’s death from Alzheimer’s, Ernaux embarks on a daunting journey back through time, as she seeks to "capture the real woman, the one who existed independently from me, born on the outskirts of a small Normandy town, and who died in the geriatric ward of a hospital in the suburbs of Paris." She explores the bond between mother and daughter, tenuous and unshakable at once, the alienating worlds that separate them, and the inescapable truth that we must lose the ones we love. In this quietly powerful tribute, Ernaux attempts to do her mother the greatest justice she can: to portray her as the individual she was. She writes, "I believe I am writing about my mother because it is my turn to bring her into the world."

Exteriors

release date: Jan 04, 2011
Exteriors
WINNER OF THE 2022 NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE Taking the form of random journal entries over seven years, Exteriors captures the feeling of contemporary living on the outskirts of Paris. Poignantly lyrical, chaotic, and strangely alive.

Things Seen

release date: Mar 01, 2010
Things Seen
“Annie Ernaux’s work,” wrote Richard Bernstein in the New York Times, “represents a severely pared-down Proustianism, a testament to the persistent, haunting and melancholy quality of memory.” In the New York Times Book Review, Kathryn Harrison concurred: “Keen language and unwavering focus allow her to penetrate deep, to reveal pulses of love, desire, remorse.” In this “journal” Ernaux turns her penetrating focus on those points in life where the everyday and the extraordinary intersect, where “things seen” reflect a private life meeting the larger world. From the war crimes tribunal in Bosnia to social issues such as poverty and AIDS; from the state of Iraq to the world’s contrasting reactions to Princess Diana’s death and the starkly brutal political murders that occurred at the same time; from a tear-gas attack on the subway to minute interactions with a clerk in a store: Ernaux’s thought-provoking observations map the world’s fleeting and lasting impressions on the shape of inner life.

A Girl's Story

release date: Apr 07, 2020
A Girl's Story
WINNER OF THE 2022 NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE Another masterpiece of remembering from Annie Ernaux, the Man Booker International Prize–shortlisted author of The Years. In A Girl’s Story, Annie Ernaux revisits the season 50 years earlier when she found herself overpowered by another’s will and desire. In the summer of 1958, 18-year-old Ernaux submits her will to a man’s, and then he moves on, leaving her without a “master,” bereft. Now, 50 years later, she realizes she can obliterate the intervening years and return to consider this young woman that she wanted to forget completely. And to discover that here, submerged in shame, humiliation, and betrayal, but also in self-discovery and self-reliance, lies the origin of her writing life.

La Place Pb

release date: Sep 02, 2021
La Place Pb
La Place looks at a daughter’s relationship with her father. In a fragmented and retrospective way the narrator describes her feelings of separation and betrayal that arise when education and marriage place her in a social class with different values, language, tastes and behaviour. She explores the ways in which individual experience is related to class and group attitudes and at the same time tells us a great deal about French society in general since the turn of the century. It is a concentrated text, cut through with irony and may be read in different ways. La Place will be an accessible and exciting addition to French studies courses.

A Man's Place

release date: May 29, 2012
A Man's Place
WINNER OF THE 2022 NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE A New York Times Notable Book Annie Ernaux''s father died exactly two months after she passed her practical examination for a teaching certificate. Barely educated and valued since childhood strictly for his labor, Ernaux''s father had grown into a hard, practical man who showed his family little affection. Narrating his slow ascent towards material comfort, Ernaux''s cold observation reveals the shame that haunted her father throughout his life. She scrutinizes the importance he attributed to manners and language that came so unnaturally to him as he struggled to provide for his family with a grocery store and cafe in rural France. Over the course of the book, Ernaux grows up to become the uncompromising observer now familiar to the world, while her father matures into old age with a staid appreciation for life as it is and for a daughter he cautiously, even reluctantly admires. A Man''s Place is the companion book to her critically acclaimed memoir about her mother, A Woman''s Story.

The Possession

release date: Jan 04, 2011
The Possession
WINNER OF THE 2022 NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE Self-regard, in the works of Annie Ernaux, is always an excruciatingly painful and exact process. Here, she revisits the peculiar kind of self-fulfillment possible when we examine ourselves in the aftermath of a love affair, and sometimes, even, through the eyes of the lost beloved.

"I Remain in Darkness"

release date: Aug 06, 2019
"I Remain in Darkness"
WINNER OF THE 2022 NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE An extraordinary evocation of a grown daughter’s attachment to her mother, and of both women’s strength and resiliency. I Remain in Darkness recounts Annie’s attempts first to help her mother recover from Alzheimer’s disease, and then, when that proves futile, to bear witness to the older woman’s gradual decline and her own experience as a daughter losing a beloved parent. I Remain in Darkness is a new high water mark for Ernaux, surging with raw emotional power and her sublime ability to use language to apprehend her own life’s particular music. A Washington Post Top Memoir of 1999

Les armoires vides

Les armoires vides
Ce roman "pulpeux et désespéré", dans la tradition (déjà) de l''existentialisme engagé, pose bien la question suivante: "la culture, notre culture, quand les classes populaires l''absorbent, aboutit-elle à les déraciner?"

La vie extérieure

release date: Jan 01, 2000
La vie extérieure
Relisant ces pages, je m''aperçois que j''ai déjà oublié beaucoup de scènes et de faits. Il me semble même que ce n''est pas moi qui les ai transcrits. Ce sont comme des traces de temps et d''histoire, des fragments du texte que nous écrivons tous rien qu''en vivant. Pourtant, je sais aussi que dans les notations de cette vie extérieure, plus que dans un journal intime, se dessinent ma propre histoire et les figures de ma ressemblance.

L'événement

release date: Jan 01, 2001
L'événement
" Depuis des années, je tourne autour de cet événement de ma vie. Lire dans un roman le récit d''un avortement me plonge dans un saisissement sans images ni pensées, comme si les mots se changeaient instantanément en sensation violente. De la même façon, entendre par hasard La javanaise, J''ai la mémoire qui flanche, n''importe quelle chanson qui m''a accompagnée durant cette période, me bouleverse. "

Look at the Lights, My Love

release date: Apr 04, 2023
Look at the Lights, My Love
A revelatory meditation on the big-box superstore, from 2022 Nobel laureate Annie Ernaux For half a century, French writer Annie Ernaux has restlessly explored stories and subjects often considered unworthy of artistic reflection. In this exquisite meditation, Ernaux turns her attention to the phenomenon of the big-box superstore, a ubiquitous feature of modern life that has received scant attention in literature--until now. Recording her visits to a single superstore in Paris for over a year, Ernaux captures the world that exists within its massive walls. Culture, class, and capitalism converge, reinscribing the individual''s role and rank within society while absorbing individuality into the machine of mass consumerism. Through Ernaux''s eyes, the superstore emerges as a "great human meeting place, a spectacle"--one of the few spaces where we come into direct contact with difference. She notes the unexpectedly intimate encounters between customers; how our collective desires are dictated by the daily, seasonal, and annual rhythms of the marketplace; and the ways that the built environment reveals the contours of gender and race in contemporary society. With her relentless powers of observation, Annie Ernaux takes the measure of a place we thought we knew, calling us to question the experiences we overlook and to gaze more deeply into ordinary life.

Une femme

release date: Jan 01, 2002
Une femme
Aux premières lignes, la narratrice annonce, avec le moins d''effet possible, la mort de sa mère. Suit, quelques pages plus loin, le projet de l''écrivain : " chercher une vérité sur ma mère qui ne peut être atteinte que par des mots ". Le récit se déroule alors comme un flash-back où la mère d''Annie Ernaux est tour à tour la quatrième enfant de ses propres parents, une jeune mariée heureuse et fière, une commerçante, une vieille femme bientôt touchée par la maladie d''Alzheimer. Une expérience intime dans laquelle le lecteur se glisse sans peine. L''accompagnement critique met en place la poétique d''Annie Ernaux et en interroge la formule: " rester au-dessous de la littérature ". Une interview exclusive donne accès à la genèse d''Une femme, éclaire le statut du " je " dans le livre et met l''accent sur l''intertextualité. Une page du manuscrit montre la progression de l''écriture, la rature, l''effacement, le choix. Un groupement de textes (Rousseau, Stendhal, Sarraute) permet de travailler sur les différentes formes du biographique. Roman (XXe siècle) recommandé pour les classes de lycée. Texte intégral. Objet d''étude: le roman autobiographique.
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