Thu 4 Mar / Online

Virtual Live Reading Group: Annie Ernaux Special

Virtual Live Reading Group, International Women’s Day

Join our Annie Ernaux special book club and discuss A Man’s Place + I Remain in Darkness by Annie Ernaux (translated by Tanya Leslie)!

Known for her sociological writing based on real life events, Annie Ernaux has left a lasting mark in the world of contemporary literature. For this special reading group, we will be looking in depth at her oeuvre while discussing more specifically two of her novels, both dealing with the theme of “family”.

Born in 1940, Annie Ernaux grew up in a modest family in Normandy. After having studied modern literature, she became a professor of French. Her first novel Les armoires vides (not yet translated) was published in 1974. Ten years later appeared a short story A Man’s Place in which the author evokes the social rise that distanced her from her father. In 1994, in I Remain in Darkness, Annie Ernaux recalls her mother’s recover from Alzheimer’s disease and further meditates on ageing and familial love.

All of her novels are haunting and devastatingly poignant, so join us to discuss a unique talent capable of evoking life’s darkest and most bewildering episodes!

Thu 4 Mar 6pm

£5, conc.£3

in English and (easy) French

You can find information on the book in English on the British publisher’s website.

For more information about Annie Ernaux and books, check out the Culturethèque blog!

See also Simple Passion

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