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Nobel Prize for Literature goes to French author Annie Ernaux

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October 6, 2022 6:15 pm
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“The 2022 Nobel Prize in Literature is awarded to the French author Annie Ernaux “for the courage and clinical acuity with which she uncovers the roots, estrangements and collective restraints of personal memory,” reads the tweet from Nobel’s official handle.

“We concentrate on literature and literary quality”, not on current affairs, the Swedish academy has said. But it does feel poignant that an author known for her work about abortion has been selected in the year that the Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade in the US.

Ernaux’s UK publisher Fitzcarraldo is “over the moon” that the long-tipped author has been chosen for this year’s award, reports the Guardian.

Mats Malm, the permanent secretary of the Nobel Committee, said that he had not been able to reach Ernaux yet. He “expects her to become aware of the news soon.”

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