Annie Ernaux

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About Annie Ernaux
Annie 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, 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. 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 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.
Her latest novel Les années (Gallimard, 2008) is considered her 'magnum opus' and was very well received by the French critics. In this latter book Ernaux writes of herself in third person point of view (elle) for the first time. She gives a vivid look at French society from after Second World War until today. It is the poignant social history of a woman and of the society she lived in. The female character in the book has looked death in the eye; she describes what she realizes will soon be disappearing and how relative that all is, if she should disappear too.
Many of her works have been translated into English and published by Seven Stories Press.
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Les Armoires vides, Paris, Gallimard, 1974; Gallimard, 1984, ISBN 978-2-07-037600-1

Cleaned out. Translator Carol Sanders. Dalkey Archive Press. 1996. ISBN 978-1-56478-139-0. http://books.google.com/books?id=T98HrmNAinMC&printsec=frontcover&dq=inauthor:%22Annie+Ernaux%22&hl=en&ei=04QGTt2bD6On0AHJoPn9Cg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=8&ved=0CFYQ6AEwBw#v=onepage&q&f=false.


Ce qu’ils disent ou rien, Paris, Gallimard, 1977; French & European Publications, Incorporated, 1989, ISBN 978-0-7859-2655-9
La Femme gelée, Paris, Gallimard, 1981; French & European Publications, Incorporated, 1987, ISBN 978-0-7859-2535-4

A frozen woman, Four Walls Eight Windows, 1995, ISBN 978-1-56858-029-6


La Place, Paris, Gallimard, 1984; Distribooks Inc, 1992, ISBN 978-2-07-037722-0

La Place. Psychology Press. 1990. ISBN 978-0-415-05926-8. http://books.google.com/books?id=k_3i8zrpcC4C&printsec=frontcover&dq=Annie+Ernaux&hl=en&src=bmrr&ei=cIQGTsW5IKHY0QGauJm-Cw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCoQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false.
A man's place. Seven Stories Press. 1992. ISBN 978-0-941423-75-5. http://books.google.com/books?id=6HD8If3kJuYC&printsec=frontcover&dq=inauthor:%22Annie+Ernaux%22&hl=en&ei=04QGTt2bD6On0AHJoPn9Cg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=7&ved=0CFEQ6AEwBg#v=onepage&q&f=false.


Une Femme, Paris, Gallimard, 1989

A Woman's Story. Translator Tanya Leslie. Seven Stories Press. 2003. ISBN 978-1-58322-575-2. http://books.google.com/books?id=BXRAglUfBioC&printsec=frontcover&dq=inauthor:%22Annie+Ernaux%22&hl=en&ei=04QGTt2bD6On0AHJoPn9Cg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CDcQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q&f=false.


Passion simple, Paris, Gallimard, 1991; Gallimard, 1993, ISBN 978-2-07-038840-0

Simple Passion. Translator Tanya Leslie. Seven Stories Press. 2003. ISBN 978-1-58322-574-5. http://books.google.com/books?id=iiz3P6dBZ4cC&printsec=frontcover&dq=inauthor:%22Annie+Ernaux%22&hl=en&ei=04QGTt2bD6On0AHJoPn9Cg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CDwQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q&f=false.


Journal du dehors, Paris, Gallimard, 1993

Exteriors. Translator Tanya Leslie. Seven Stories Press. 1996. ISBN 978-1-888363-31-9. http://books.google.com/books?id=80F5fahakqoC&printsec=frontcover&dq=inauthor:%22Annie+Ernaux%22&hl=en&ei=PIgGTpeuKsb20gHZz_C5Cw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCkQ6AEwADgK#v=onepage&q&f=false.


La Honte, Paris, Gallimard, 1997

Shame, Translator Tanya Leslie, Seven Stories Press, 1998, ISBN 978-1-888363-69-2


Je ne suis pas sortie de ma nuit, Paris, Gallimard, 1997
La Vie extérieure : 1993-1999, Paris, Gallimard, 2000
L’Événement, Paris, Gallimard, 2000, ISBN 978-2-07-075801-2

Happening. Translator Tanya Leslie. Seven Stories Press. 2001. ISBN 978-1-58322-256-0. http://books.google.com/books?id=tLpa1yaw7icC&printsec=frontcover&dq=inauthor:%22Annie+Ernaux%22&hl=en&ei=04QGTt2bD6On0AHJoPn9Cg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=6&ved=0CEsQ6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q&f=false.


Se perdre, Paris, Gallimard, 2001
L’Occupation, Paris, Gallimard, 2002

The Possession. Translator Anna Moschovakis. Seven Stories Press. 2008. ISBN 978-1-58322-855-5. http://books.google.com/books?id=OoCkyIlYx1sC&printsec=frontcover&dq=inauthor:%22Annie+Ernaux%22&hl=en&ei=04QGTt2bD6On0AHJoPn9Cg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CEIQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q&f=false.


L’Usage de la photo, with Marc Marie, Paris, Gallimard, 2005
Les Années, Paris, Gallimard, 2008, ISBN 978-2-07-077922-2 [10]
L'Autre fille, Paris, Nil, 2011 ISBN 978-2-84111-539-6
L'Atelier noir, Paris, éd. des Busclats, 2011
Écrire la vie, Paris, Gallimard, 2011.

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^ "Annie Ernaux" (in French). EVENE. Archived from the original on 1 November 2010. http://www.evene.fr/celebre/biographie/annie-ernaux-4289.php. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
^ "Tous les lauréats du Prix Renaudot" (in French). Prix-litteraires.net. Archived from the original on 28 November 2010. http://www.prix-litteraires.net/renaudot_liste.php. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
^ Ferniot, Christine (2005-11-01). "1983 : La place par Annie Ernaux" (in French). L'EXPRESS. Archived from the original on 29 October 2010. http://www.lexpress.fr/culture/livre/1983-la-place-par-annie-ernaux_810659.html. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
^ Schwartz, Christine (1992-05-24). "The Prodigal Daughter". Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.): p. 35. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/newsday/access/77542800.html?dids=77542800:77542800&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&type=current&date=May+24%2C+1992&author=BY+CHRISTINE+SCHWARTZ.+Christine+Schwartz+writes&pub=Newsday+%28Combined+editions%29&desc=The+Prodigal+Daughter&pqatl=google. Retrieved 2010-10-31. (Paywall))
^ a b c "People / Personnalités / Annie Ernaux" (in French). Elle. 2009-05-06. http://www.elle.fr/elle/Personnalites/Annie-Ernaux. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
^ "Annie Ernaux. Les Années" (in French). Le Télégramme. 2009-05-03. http://www.letelegramme.com/ig/dossiers/prix-des-lecteurs/annie-ernaux-les-annees-03-05-2009-275493.php. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
^ Peras, Delphine (2010-02-11). "Les Années par Annie Ernaux" (in French). L'EXPRESS. Archived from the original on 29 October 2010. http://www.lexpress.fr/culture/livre/les-annees_848105.html. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
^ Laurin, Danielle (2008-04-03). "Autobiographie : Les années: le livre d'une vie" (in French). Radio-Canada. http://www.radio-canada.ca/arts-spectacles/livres/2008/04/03/001-annie-ernaux-critique.asp. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
^ Tison, Jean-Pierre (1997-02-01). "Critique: Annie dans l'arrière-boutique" (in French). L'EXPRESS. Archived from the original on 29 October 2010. http://www.lexpress.fr/culture/livre/la-honte-je-ne-suis-pas-sortie-de-ma-nuit_800039.html. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
^ Massoutre, Guylaine (2008-04-19). "Littérature française - La chronique douce-amère d'Annie Ernaux" (in French). Le Devoir. http://www.ledevoir.com/culture/livres/185804/litterature-francaise-la-chronique-douce-amere-d-annie-ernaux. Retrieved 2010-10-31.


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