French author Annie Ernaux wins Nobel Prize for literature

The Nobel Prize for literature has been named and the award is going to French author Annie Ernaux.

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The Norweigan Nobel Committee named Ernaux the 2022 winner because of “the courage and clinical acuity with which she uncovers the roots, estrangements and collective restraints of personal memory.”

The announcement of the Nobel Prize for literature was made Thursday morning in Stockholm as part of the week-long series of announcements from the committee, The Associated Press reported.

Ernaux has written about two dozen books and several articles and shorter texts, according to her bibliography.

Ernaux cared for children at a summer camp at the age of 18 and eventually became an au pair in London in 1960, where at one point she started writing her first, unpublished novel. She eventually married and had two sons and became a secondary school teacher.

She published her first book — “Les Armoires vides” (”Cleaned Out”) — in 1974. Her 1983 book about her father — “La Place” (”A Man’s Place”)— won Ernaux a Prix Renaudot.

Ernaux also has won the Marguerite Yourcenar, Marguerite Duras and François Mauriac prizes for her works. She also holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Cergy-Pontoise.

Earlier this week, the group announced the award of the Nobel Prize for medicine to a scientist who studied Neanderthal DNA. The prize for physics went to three scientists who showed that small particles are still linked to each other despite being separated, while the chemistry prize was announced Wednesday and went to three scientists who connected molecules to be able to target drugs, according to the AP.

The Nobel Peace Prize will be announced Friday. The prize for economics will be awarded on Monday.