Annie Ernaux is awarded the 2022's Nobel prize in literature.

According to the Swedish Academy, Ernaux was honored for, “the courage & clinical acuity with which she uncovers the roots, estrangements & collective restraints of personal memory”.

She becomes only the 17th female writer to have won the  prestigious prize.

Ernaux was born in Lillebonne Normandy in 1940. Her parents moved to Yvetot a few years later, where they ran a grocery & cafe.

Ernaux is renowned for writing autobiographical pieces that discuss issues of gender equality  & class inequality.

She completed her studies at the universities in Rouen & Bordeaux, earning a master's degree in  modern literature (1971).

Ernaux spent some time working on an incomplete thesis research  on Marivaux.

In her debut novel Les armoires vides (1974; Cleaned Out, 1990), Ernaux began exploring her Norman heritage.

She achieved literary success with her fourth book La place (1983; A Man's Place, 1992).

Before the Nobel, Ernaux has won other awards and honors such as the French language prize & the Marguerite Yourcenar prize.