The Nobel Prize for Literature culminates in French by Anne Ernault

Interacting with the French writer Anne Erno’s awarding the 2022 Nobel Prize for Literature, Mubarak Merabet, who has translated a number of Anne Erno’s books, said that he was not surprised that she won this award. Because she is “among the most profound writers of her generation, and her writings have always been highly critical, and her books have often been the subject of discreet studies and theses.”

Mubarak Merabet pointed out, in an article entitled “The Nobel Prize 2022 crowns the French writer Anne Ernault, a writer who writes society with the ink of the self,” that “what is interesting about Anne Ernault’s writings is that they are not novels in the traditional sense nor a biography as we used to, and they are far from They are just contemplations imbued with an unmistakable sociological sense.”

After Merabet explained that “what Anne Erno writes, it escapes classification, as it is active in the isthmus that separates the novel, biography, sociology and modern anthropology,” he stressed that “one of the features of Erno’s texts, which wrote about everything in her life, is that it pushes one to dive into himself and returning to all those facts that he experienced and he did not give them any weight when they happened.”

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Personally, and based on my experience with Anne Erno’s writings (three of them I translated “The Young Man”, “Memoirs of a Girl” and “Shame”, and I am working on a fourth work, “The Years”, and I have read a lot about her and about her) it did not surprise me that she won the Nobel Prize for Literature 2022, and I did not expect him in Now the same! I was not surprised by her victory; Because she is among the most profound writers of her generation, and her writings have always received a great critical welcome, and her books have often been the subject of discreet studies and theses.. I did not expect her to win, simply because she was never enthusiastic about this highest award in the field of literature; Indeed, only a few months ago (in June) she told a Swiss newspaper that the prize was “pressure” or “ecrasante”, and that being awarded a Nobel was “not what I’m after”. So it was the Nobel that it sought; Because those in charge of it touched in their creativity excellence deserves praise and culmination.

In its explanation, the Swedish Academy said, yesterday, Thursday, that it awarded the prestigious award to Anni Erno for “the courage and clinical precision with which she uncovered the roots, alienation and collective limitations surrounding individual memory.” Indeed, Erno’s writings question the roots and reflect the alienation of the being in his environment and social milieu, and monitor all those collective constraints, visible and hidden, that enclose individual memory.

In all of his books, which number about twenty books over five decades, (from “Empty Wheels” (1974) to “The Young Man” (2022), through “The Place” (1983), “Simple Passion” (1993) and “Shame” ( 1997), “The Event” (2000), “The Lost” (2001), “The Occupation” (2002), “The Years” (2008), “Diary of a Girl” (2016) and many others), Erno scoops her raw material from her intimate living and her family environment. She always picks up an ordinary or banal incident from daily life and weaves from it and around it a narrative text that may seem simple in its language, but it dives deep into the self to monitor its fluctuations, and in society to track its transformations, in memory to stand on its problems. As she did, for example, in her latest work, “The Young Man,” where she tells of her adventure with a student who is about thirty years younger than her, and through it she observes the impact of time and the violence of society.

Anne Ernaud grew up in a humble working class in Normandy, at a time when France was barely emerging from World War II, and grew up in a simple family in which the mother was conservative and the father violent. The three lived in one room on the top floor of a building that was at the same time home to a grocery and a popular café in the boring and humble town of Ifto. She then studied literature at Rouen University before obtaining a doctorate and becoming a professor.

And the environment in which she grew up motivated her to write, and sharpened her hawkish eye, which was trained to pick up the details that are indicative of herself in particular. But she does not seek to write herself, as she says in her diary; Rather, “I employ it, and the events, generally ordinary, that I have experienced, as well as the situations I encountered and the emotions that overwhelmed me, as a material for exploration in order to capture…or reveal something that rises to the level of concrete truth.”

In fact, Irno doesn’t just delve into her intimate “I”; Rather, through this diving, she probes the depths of her social environment and works to dismantle, or at least realize those laws and rules that apply, with strict smoothness and soft rigor, in the society in which she grew up. In her writings, she combines the very particular intimate “I” with the collective “I” that represents an entire social class, with an interesting fluidity and harmony, especially rare in the galaxy of literature.

What is interesting about Annie Erno’s books is that they are not novels in the traditional sense or autobiographical as we used to, and they are far from being mere meditations imbued with an unmistakable sociological sense. It is writing that escapes classification; It is active in the isthmus that separates the novel from the biography, sociology and modern anthropology.. It moves in the isthmus that combines self and society, time and memory, the individual ego and the collective ego..

It is a private writing that Erno considers a knife in which she explains, with the audacity of the butcher and the precision of the surgeon, her intimate life and the social conditions in her country. For example, in a text like Shame, we discover, thanks to this particular writing, through an intimate incident, how people’s lives, in rural and very conservative France at the time, were subject to strict social rules and strict Catholic religious laws, but rules and laws that knew how to be soft and acceptable to everyone’s party.

One of the features of Erno’s texts, which she wrote about everything in her life, is that it pushes one to dive into himself and return to all those facts that passed him and did not weigh them when they happened, fear, shame, ignorance, or indifference only, to discover that honest and creative writing He turns accidents, both painful and banal, into life-saving paintings.

Anne Erno, in all her creative writings, tells us that every life, no matter how shameful, trite, or insignificant, hides within it radiant jewels that need us to

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