The Years
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The Years

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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 collective, 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 127 x 195 x 25mm | 293g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1910695785
  • 9781910695784
  • 7,495

Review quote

'THE YEARS is a revolution, not only in the art of autobiography but in art itself. Annie Ernaux's book blends memories, dreams, facts and meditations into a unique evocation of the times in which we lived, and live.' - John Banville
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About Annie Ernaux

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. In 2017, Annie Ernaux was awarded the Marguerite
Yourcenar Prize for her life's work.
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