French writer Annie Ernaux wins the 2022 Nobel Prize for Literature

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STOCKHOLM, Oct 6 (Reuters) – French author Annie Ernaux has been awarded the 2022 Nobel Prize for Literature “for the courage and clinical acumen with which she uncovers the collective roots, estrangements and constraints of personal memory”, the awarding body said Thursday. .

Ernaux, whose work is mostly autobiographical, is 82 years old.

The prize is awarded by the Swedish Academy and is worth 10 million Swedish crowns ($914,704).

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In explaining its choice, the Academy said that Ernaux “examines coherently and from different angles, a life marked by strong disparities in terms of gender, language and class”.

Her first novel was Les Armoires Vides in 1974 but she gained international recognition following the publication of Les Années in 2008, translated into Les Années in 2017.

“It is his most ambitious project, which has given him an international reputation and a host of followers and literary disciples,” the Academy said of this book.

The prizes for achievement in science, literature and peace were created in the will of Swedish chemist and engineer Alfred Nobel, whose invention of dynamite made him rich and famous, and are awarded since 1901.

While many previous literature winners were already widely read before winning the prize, the prize generates enormous media attention and can propel lesser-known authors to global fame while boosting book sales, even for literary superstars.

Some prizes have been awarded to writers outside of traditional literary genres, including French philosopher Henri Bergson in 1927, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1953 and American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan in 2016.

Accurately predicting the winner of the literature prize is educated guesswork at best and the favorites to win this year’s prize included a series of authors considered to be in the running for years.

Among bookmakers’ favorites for this year’s award were French writer Michel Houellebecq, who rose to international fame with his 1998 novel Atomised, Kenyan Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Canadian poet Anne Carson and Indian Salman Rushdie.

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Last year’s award, widely regarded as the world’s most prestigious literary prize, was won by Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah. Read more

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Reporting by Simon Johnson, Niklas Pollard and Johan Ahlander in Stockholm, Terje Solsvik in Oslo and Justyna Pawlak in Warsaw; additional reporting by Anna Ringstrom in Stockholm and Marie Mannes in Gdansk; Editing by Nick Macfie

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