Annie Ernaux becomes only the 17th woman to have been awarded the nobel prize.

2022 Nobel Prize in Literature

The 2022 Nobel Prize in Literature has been 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”. In 2021, the award was given to novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah “for his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continents”. Annie was born in 1940 and brought up in the small town of Yvetot in Normandy (France). She went on to study at the universities of Rouen and then Bordeaux from where she qualified as a schoolteacher and gained a higher degree in modern literature. Her career started with the publication of her first book, Cleaned Out, in 1974. Her other major work includes “A Women’s Story”, “Happening”, “A Girl’s Story”, and “Getting Lost”.