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Nobel Prize in literature: Annie Ernaux – an uncompromising author who writes from experience

It was 1974 when the French writer Annie Ernaux published her first book, Les Armoires Vides (Cleaned Out).

It is a fictionalised account of her illegal abortion ten years earlier, as a student gradually moving away from a working-class upbringing in Normandy.

  • Elise Hugueny-Léger
  • The Conversation

The book came out 25 years after Simone de Beauvoir’s landmark feminist text The Second Sex, yet French …

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