Happening (French Edition: L’Evénement by Annie Ernaux)



ISBN: 9781804270530Number of Pages: 96
Publisher:  Fitzcarraldo EditionsBook Title: Happening
Publication Year: 2022Target Audience: Trade
Author: Annie ErnauxReading Age: 18+


In 1963, Annie Ernaux, 23-year-old and unmarried, realized that she was pregnant. Shame appeared on her like a plague: she knew that her pregnancy would make her and her family a symbol of social failure, and she knew that she could not feed the child.

This is a story, written 40 years later, tells the trauma that Ernaux never overcame. In France, where abortion was illegal, she tried to abort herself with a knitting needle, but in vain. Because of fear and despair, she finally found an abortion doctor and nearly died in the hospital emergency room.

In the book HappeningErnaux carefully combed his memory and diary entries of those days. Obviously, she clearly understood the significance of her experience.

About the Author

The Years by Annie Ernaux
Annie Ernaux

Annie Ernaux grew up in the working class. In 1960, she became a reciprocal student and studied in London, England. At the same time, she began to write her first novel. She studied at the University of Rouen and the University of Bordeaux in France.

In 1967, she became a middle school teacher. In 1974, she published her first novel, Les Armoires vides

In 1977, she worked at the French Distance Education Center. In 1983, she published the autobiographical novel The Possession and won the Le Nodo Literature Award the following year.

In 1987, she published the novel A Woman’s Story. In 1992, she published the novel Simple Passion. In 1997, she published the novel Shame

In 2000, she retired from the French Distance Education Center. In the same year, she published the novel La Vie extérieure.

In 2003, she published the novel Happening. In 2009, she published the novel The Years, which was rated as one of the “20 outstanding works of the year” by the French magazine “Reading“, and was awarded the Best Foreign Novel of the 21st Century 2009 by the People’s Literature Publishing House.

At 13:00 local time on October 6, 2022, in Stockholm, Sweden, the Swedish Academy awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2022 to French writer Annie Ernaux. You can find more infomation in The Nobel Prize in Literature List.

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