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Rencontre littéraire : Annie Ernaux

Thursday 22 August 2019 11:00-12:00

Rencontres littéraires
Beyond the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Institut is happy to offer visiting French authors a relaxed and intimate atmosphere in which they can meet Francophone audiences and talk about their works in their mother tongue. All events are free, but ticketed and reservations are strongly suggested.

Annie Ernaux grew up in Yvetot in Normandy. From a working-class, but aspirational family, she studied at the universities of Rouen and Bordeaux, eventually passing the agrégation, a challenging and coveted teaching qualification in France. She started her literary career in 1974 with Les Armoires vides (Cleaned Out), an autobiographical novel. In 1984, she won the Renaudot Prize for another of her autobiographical works La Place (A Man’s Place).

Very early in her career, she turned away from fiction to concentrate on autobiography, taking a sociological and historical apporach to writing about her individual experiences. Her 2008 historical memoir Les Années (The Years) is considered by many to be her magnum opus. In this book Ernaux writes of herself in the third person for the first time, providing a vivid look at French society from just after the Second World War until the early 2000s. It is the poignant social history of a woman and of the evolving society she lived in.

Event Details

Rencontre littéraire : Annie Ernaux
Thursday, 22 August 2019 | 11:00
In FRENCH | FREE, but reservations are strongly suggested

Institut français d’Ecosse
Salle Emilienne Moreau-Evrard (first floor)
West Parliament Square
Edinburgh EH1 1RF

Access Details
The Institut français d’Ecosse and the Salle Emilienne Moreau-Evrard are accessible with step-free access available at West Parliament Square and George IV Bridge.

Book directly online or contact us at 0131 285 6030 or ifecosse.edimbourg-cslt diplomatie.gouv.fr
IFE Membership and Discount Rates
While this event is free and open to all, the Institut programmes many members only events and offers discounted member rates at other events. Find out more about becoming a member of the Institut français d’Ecosse.

Edinburgh International Book Festival
At the EIBF, Ernaux will be participating in Remembrance of Things Past, an event dedicated to her 2008 masterpiece, The Years. Though billed as a novel, it’s really a kind of ‘collective memoir’ of post-war France from a lower-middle class perspective: a Proustian rush of memories drawn from a French society increasingly addicted to the cult of consumerism.
Wednesday 21 August, 13:45 - 14:45 | The Spiegeltent | £12 (£10 conc.)

Photo: Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images

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