The 16th edition of the Crédit Agricole Award ‘History in a novel’ goes to the French writer Annie Ernaux, Nobel Prize for Literature 2022, an award born on the impulse of Crédit Agricole Italia in collaboration with the Pordenonelegge.it Foundation and Link, Festival of Trieste journalism.
The announcement comes in the countdown to Pordenonelegge 2023, the Book Festival with authors that has always hosted the Prize, scheduled this year from 13 to 17 September. Annie Ernaux will be the star of the awards ceremony on Saturday 16 September, at 6 pm, at the Teatro Verdi in Pordenone, as part of the 24th edition of the festival. The ceremony will be followed by a meeting with the public on the links between the novel and history.
Born in Lillebonne in 1940, Annie Ernaux is one of the most authoritative voices on the French and international cultural scene: considered a contemporary classic, she is loved by generations of readers and readers. “The 2023 edition of the Crédit Agricole Award ‘History in a novel’ – the reasons explain – goes to the writer Annie Ermaux for having been able to tell, through an ‘impersonal autobiography’ of very lucid introspective ability, the collective memory from the post-war period to today Fusing his individual voice with the chorus of History, driven by a terse, sharp language and a very refined simplicity, Ernaux almost miraculously succeeds, in the way of the great masters, in what is the noblest purpose of literature: to talk about oneself and at the same time speak to each of us, intimately, bringing the individual experience into a universal dimension”.
The sequence of winners of the Crédit Agricole Award ‘History in a novel’ is particularly prestigious: the award has been conferred over time to Arturo Peréz-Reverte, Abraham Yehoshua, Art Spiegelman, Alessandro Baricco, Ian McEwan, Martin Amis, Umberto Eco, Emmanuel Carrère, Javier Cercas, Wole Soyinka, Robert Harris, Svetlana Aleksievič, Olga Tokarczuk, Fernando Aramburu and in 2022 in Jhumpa Lahiri.
“The roll of honor of the Crédit Agricole Award ‘History in a novel’ is enriched by another great name of international literature – declared Vittorio Ratto, deputy general manager of Crédit Agricole Italia – We are proud to have contributed, during the of the years, to create together with Pordenonelegge an appointment that today represents the central event of each edition of the Festival and which once again reaffirms our commitment to the event and to our community of origin”.
Annie Ernaux, studied and published all over the world, in her books has reinvented the ways and possibilities of autobiography, transforming the story of one’s life into a sharp instrument of social, political and existential investigation. Considered a contemporary classic, she is loved by generations of readers. In 2022 she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature “for the courage and clinical acuity with which she has revealed the roots, estrangements and collective constraints of personal memory”. In 2018 you received the Hemingway Prize for Literature.
His books published by L’orma editore are, in chronological order: The place, The years, The other daughter, A girl’s memory, A woman, The shame, The event, The frozen woman, Look at the lights my love, The boy.
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