`I too wanted to forget that girl. Really forget her, that is, stop yearning to write about her. Stop thinking that I have to write about the girl and her desire and madness, her idiocy and pride, her hunger and her blood that ceased to flow. I have never managed to do so.' In A GIRL'S STORY, Annie Ernaux revisits the summer of 1958, her first away from home, when she worked as a holiday camp instructor in Normandy, and recounts the first night she spent with a man. When he moves on, she realizes she has submitted her will to his and finds that she is a slave without a master. Now, sixty years later, she attempts to obliterate the intervening years and returns to consider this young woman whom she wanted to forget completely. In writing A GIRL'S STORY, which brings to life her indelible memories of that summer, Ernaux discovers that here was the vital, violent and dolorous origin of her writing life, built out of shame, violence and betrayal.
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Born in 1940, Annie Ernaux grew up in Normandy, studied at Rouen University, and later taught at secondary school. From 1977 to 2000, she was a professor at the Centre National d'Enseignement par Correspondance. Her books, in particular A MAN'S PLACE and A WOMAN'S STORY, have become contemporary classics in France. THE YEARS won the Prix Renaudot in France in 2008 and the Premio Strega in Italy in 2016, and was shortlisted for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize. In 2017, Annie Ernaux was awarded the Marguerite Yourcenar Prize for her life's work.
`Ernaux has inherited de Beauvoir's role of chronicler to a generation.' - Margaret Drabble, NEW STATESMAN
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