After the publication of The Years and Happening, Fizacarraldo editions are now bringing into the UK another important book by Annie Ernaux: I Remain in Darkness (trans. Tanya Leslie), the diary that Ernaux wrote as she witnessed her mother suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.
Annie Ernaux will be taking part in the Edinburgh literature festival, discussing The Years on Wednesday 21st August. The next day, she will be at the Scotland French Institute to discuss her works and career with the editors of this site, Elise Hugueny-Léger and Lyn Thomas (in French). The audio recording of this encounter is available here.
“Considered by many to be the iconic French memoirist’s defining work, The Years is a narrative of the period 1941 to 2006 told through the lens of memory, impressions past and present, cultural habits, language, photos, books, songs, radio, television, advertising and news headlines. Annie Ernaux invents a form that is subjective and impersonal, private and communal, and a new genre – the collective autobiography – in order to capture the passing of time. At the confluence of autofiction and sociology, The Years is ‘a Remembrance of Things Past for our age of media domination and consumerism’ (New York Times), a monumental account of twentieth-century French history as refracted through the life of one woman.”