Annie Ernaux’s relationship with the Spanish reader has fluctuated over the years and has had a particularly sweet moment lately. global explosion most Literature written by women and the confessional explosion, which Ernaux championed in its crudest and simplest version, has in recent years cult figureOne that is discovered and read with enthusiasm, and then highly recommended and gifted.
Tusquets became the first label to publish their work and some of his most revealing novels such as ‘Place’, ‘Pure passion’, ‘Shame’ and ‘The Incident’ are still in his catalogue. But at some point in the past decade, Ernaux continued to have a small core of readers (especially female readers) and changed publishers in our country. Small independent label from Madrid Cabaret Voltaire then decided to bet on the French writer. and his last ten books ranging from ‘La mujer helada’ to ‘The Occupation’ or ‘The Years’ were published in this book. Formentor Award in 2019 Contributing to Ernaux’s literary renaissance Discovered by a whole new generation of young readers at the age of 80.
Coincidentally (or not), this Tuesday Cabaret Voltaire Ernaux announced an agreement with French reference label Gallimard to protect the publication of the French author’s entire work. In this way, the four Ernaux books currently published in Tusquets will be added to its catalog in 2027. Lydia Vazqueza very good friend of the author was responsible for the translation into Spanish and valeria gaillard Catalan
The brutal autobiographical novel in which Ernaux travels to 1963, when she became pregnant at the age of 20 while studying Philology in Rouen. This society punished abortion with imprisonment, fines and discrimination, but the author was clear that she did not want to give birth to an unwanted child and was alone before a secret abortion. It was taken to the movies last March by Audrey Diwan.
Ernaux speaks with complete bravado and without any fuss about sex and how desire and passionate love can make anyone, male or female, lose their minds. In this auto-fiction novel, she puts herself in the shoes of a mother who has grown children, divorced, educated, intelligent, and economically independent, whose relationship with an Eastern diplomat makes her stupid.
Another trip into Ernaux’s complicated family history, where the author examines a tragic episode from his childhood in 1952, when Ernaux was 12, and his father wanted to kill his mother. It was a Sunday in June. This scene of hatred and violence forever changed Ernaux’s opinion of his parents, who from then on had ceased to be “people of honor.”
The mix of autobiography, history, psychology and sociology, which he usually transfers to his books, is particularly striking in this book, which tells the life of a woman, namely Ernaux, from the post-war period, 1940 to the present. His ambitious analysis of the passage of time, but also of the collective memory of French society, meant a quantitative leap that increased the number of his readers.