what have Annie Ernaux’s books changed for them

what have Annie Ernaux’s books changed for them

French author Annie Ernaux, October 6, 2022, in Paris.

When they heard the news on October 6, they were moved. Some wept. For a literary prize, it was the first time. To decorate Annie Ernaux, 82, with the Nobel Prize for Literature is, in a way, to recognize her discreet lives. “It’s a bit of ours thanks to her”says Martine Charreyron, 65, a retired civil servant from the Jura. Like her, about two hundred readers of the Worldof all ages and horizons, responded to our call for testimonials about what the French author’s books represent for them: pages that have helped them find their place, words that, for fifty years, have accompanied them on intimate and collective journeys .

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“It’s a bit like seeing my grandmother and her dubious French, my friends and their complicated love stories, my former cashiers come to light”, sits Lucie V. 25 years old, consultant in Paris. from a family ” to mean “ from the east, the young woman preferred “lie, dream of another, be like those[elle] frequented »and he had the impression that his life “He deserved to be romanticized.” Annie Ernaux’s books taught her to “accept yourself”, “see the beauty in the banality, in the ‘beauf’, in the mistakes of the French in the oral, the fatty dishes, the rap”.

The writer, who participated in the popularization of the expression “class dropout” – which offered those interested to think about themselves, but whose excessive use annoyed them – put words to this. “cloudy mist”ME’“uprooting” societal migration. Anthony Perronnet, a 28-year-old consultant, found “comfort, tenderness, legitimacy”while he felt “Rejected by [s]they are two worldswith ” hatred “ to his urban friends “to have received too much” and his parents for not him “to have given enough”. In the middle, Annie Ernaux as “a friend in this crack of loneliness”.

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“She reconciled me with myself”

Laura Leblanc, 31, an assistant in letters who lives in Paris, a university professor in Argenteuil (Val-d’Oise), tells “the shame of having been ashamed of those who [lui] He gave everything: love, trust”. And his “desire for social elevation” born from his readings, recognizing in empty cabinets (Gallimard, 1974) “the inability to [s]a mother, a housewife, mastering the subjunctive, the absence of books, the way of eating [s]They are parents”.

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By acknowledging in Square (Gallimard, 1983) his own father -an illiterate worker, peasant in his native country-, Bina A., 38 years old, employed in Seine-Saint-Denis who left school in 2ofunderstood the tensions stemming from her marriage to the director of a car company, her feeling of having “betrayed” theirs. daughter of a “silent mother forced into silence” dead – Audrey Pellarin, 48, French teacher, found a “literary mother who [l]‘allowed to speak’.

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