The Best Quotes From 50 Years of Writing by Annie Arnoux: After years of speculation, French author Annie Ernaux has finally taken home the Nobel Prize for Literature. She is now the 17th woman to get the award out of a total of 119 recipients.
The Nobel Prize committee announced the 82-year-victory old’s yesterday and praised her 50 years of “uncompromising and written in plain language, scraped clean” writing. She is well-liked for her writing, which frequently walks the border between fiction and nonfiction while analyzing her own experiences with s*ex and political reality.
Known as the “pioneer of French autofiction,” Ernaux has received praise for her choice of works time and time again. Her magnum opus, “Les Années” (The Years), which was published in 2008 but didn’t gain traction with British readers until it was shortlisted for the International Booker Prize in 2019, has received particular praise.
It wasn’t always easy to grasp and appreciate Ernaux’s work. Ernaux mentioned in a Financial Times interview from two years ago that whenever she had something published, assessments of her work were certain to contain the word “impudence,” or indecent.
Additionally, not simply for her work on s*exuality. It was even directed at the 1997 book Je ne suis pas sortie de me nuit (I Remain in Darkness), which was a diary she kept as her mother battled Alzheimer’s. She told the FT, “People will see immorality everywhere.” In actuality, it was only directed toward women.
But Ernaux is finally receiving the attention and admiration she deserved from the beginning, some 50 years after the release of her first book, and we’re happy about it. Since everyone deserves a big dose of Annie Ernaux today, here are some of the author’s finest quotations.
Best lines from Annie Ernaux
“Knowing to comprehend guilt does not endow one with the ability to eradicate it.” 2016’s A Girl’s Story. The scared eyes she had thirty years ago, the eyes that formed me, where are they now? 1998’s I Remain in Darkness
“Perhaps the true goal of my life is for my body, my sensations, and my ideas to become writing, or something understandable and universal, which will cause my existence to meld with other people’s lives and minds,” the author speculates occurring in 2001.
“Retrace everything, call everything up, and put it all together in an assembly line fashion. Describe why I am confined to this unpleasant dorm room, frightened of dying and of what will happen. Between contractions, work it out and determine the truth.”
The terror of writing “My mother died” on a blank piece of paper, not as the first line of a letter but as the heading of a book, was something I only overcome the day before yesterday. 1988’s A Woman’s Story
“Her voice, along with her words, hands, movement, and laughter, connected the adult I am to the child I once was. My final connection to the world I’m from has been broken.” 1988’s A Woman’s Story
Naturally, I don’t feel guilty about writing these things because there is a time between the time they are written and only I can see them and the time they will be seen by others, a time I feel will never arrive.
By that time, I might have been involved in an accident, passed away, or war or revolution could have started. This wait enables me to write today without worrying about the repercussions, just as I did when I was sixteen and spent the entire day lying in the hot sun or when I was twenty and had my first s*exual encounter without using contraception. 1991’s Simple Passion
“Pain cannot be kept unprocessed; it must be transformed into humor.” 1998’s I Remain In Darkness. “At any instant in time, there are other things that society conceals without realizing it, in addition to the things that appear natural to do and say and the ones we’re told to think – no less by books or advertisements in the subway than by humorous stories.
Thus, it condemns to solitary agony everyone who feels these feelings but cannot put them into words. then, either gradually or all at once, the stillness ends, allowing words to finally be heard, while beneath, new silences begin to develop. 2008 in The Years
“She teaches me that there is absolutely no reason at all to hold back and that the world is designed to be pounced upon and enjoyed.” 1994’s A Frozen Woman