Nobel Prize in Literature 2022: French author Annie Ernaux Announced as Winner

Nobel Literature Prize 2022: Nobel literature prize 2022 has been awarded to Annie Ernaux at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm.

The Nobel prize in literature for the year 2022 was awarded to Annie Ernaux on Thursday at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm. Annie Ernaux has been given the award “for the courage and clinical acuity with which she uncovers the roots, estrangements and collective restraints of personal memory”, the Nobel prize committee said.

On restraints of personal memory, forging new ones and estrangements, Annie Ernaux’s prose has been able to capture it all without verbosity. Her engagement with daily life in France through her work is diligent, looking at social disparities like gender, language and class neither through rose-tinted glasses, nor through abject derision but through a dignified, almost anonymous distance.

The Nobel prize announcements kicked off on Monday with Swedish scientist Svante Paabo receiving the award in medicine for his work on the Neanderthal DNA. Alain Aspect, John F. Clauser and Anton Zeilinger jointly won the physics prize on Tuesday for their immense contribution to quantum physics. In chemistry, the Nobel prize was awarded to Carolyn R. Bertozzi, K. Barry Sharpless, and Morten Meldal on Wednesday for developing click chemistry.

Author Salman Rushdie was one of the top runners for the honour after he spent years in hiding because Iran’s clerical rulers called for his death over his 1988 novel ‘The Satanic Verses’. Rushdie, 75, was stabbed and seriously injured in August at a festival in New York state.

Other literary giants from around the world in the race were Kenyan writer Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, Japan’s Haruki Murakami, Norway’s Jon Fosse and Antigua-born Jamaica Kincaid.

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