French Author Ernaux Wins Literature Nobel

The Swedish Academy Thursday awarded the 2022 Nobel Prize in Literature to French author Annie Ernaux for “the courage and clinical acuity with which she uncovers the roots, estrangements and collective restraints of personal memory.”

The academy made the announcement at a news conference in Stockholm.

Ernaux, 82, is known for her largely autobiographical works and has written more than 20 books of both fiction and memoirs based on her own life and often intensely personal experiences. She called the Nobel Prize a “great honor” and “responsibility.”

Her latest book, “Getting Lost,” which was published last month, is a series of diary entries from 1988 through 1990 and includes intimate details from her romantic encounters.

Ernaux is the 16th French person to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature, three more than any other country.

The honor includes a more than $900,000 cash award that is shared equally among all the laureates.

The prizes for medicine, physics and chemistry were awarded earlier this week. The Nobel Peace Prize is due to be announced Friday and the prize for economics on Monday.

Some information for this report came from The Associated Press, Agence France-Presse and Reuters.

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