An Introduction to Nobel Laureate Annie Ernaux

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In a short Q&A, professor Lucas Hollister says the French author’s writing on abortion “remains searingly relevant.”

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On Thursday, the Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to French author Annie Ernaux “for the courage and clinical acuity with which she uncovers the roots, estrangements, and collective restraints of personal memory.”

Born in Normandy in 1940, Ernaux is “one of France’s most respected and widely read authors,” says Lucas Hollister, an associate professor of French and Italian languages and literatures.