Literatur/Performance, Musik/Music

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Irma & Toshie

Literature by Annie Ernaux THE YEARS (in German language) with Irmi Horn

Irmi Horn

& music with Irma Servatius (baroque violin), Toshie Shibato (baroque violin)

Annie Thérèse Blanche Ernaux, née Duchesne (born 1 September 1940 in Lillebonne, Seine-Maritime), is a French writer. Her literary work is essentially autobiographical. She was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2022. Annie Ernaux spent her childhood and youth in Yvetot in Normandy. She grew up as an only child in modest and sheltered circumstances and was brought up as a Catholic. Her parents were initially labourers and later ran a small shop with a café. After attending secondary school, she studied in Rouen and Bordeaux and graduated in 1971. She then taught at the Bonneville secondary school in Savoy and at the Collège d’Évire in Annecy-le-Vieux, then in Pontoise near Paris, before working for 23 years at the National Centre for Distance Education (Centre national d’enseignement à distance).

Annie Ernaux is divorced and the mother of two sons. She lives in Cergy, near Paris (Wikipedia)

Childhood in the post-war period, the Algerian crisis, a career at university, writing, a precarious marriage, motherhood, de Gaulle, 1968, illness and loss, the so-called emancipation of women, France under Mitterrand, the consequences of globalisation, the unfulfilled promises of the noughties, her own ageing. Using photographs, memories and notes, words, melodies and objects, Annie Ernaux visualises the years that have passed. And in doing so, she inscribes her life – our life, life – in a completely new narrative form, in a collective, “impersonal autobiography”.

A history of herself, a portrait of society, a universal chronicle: Annie Ernaux has written a melancholy masterpiece of memory literature and a dazzling total novel.

Suhrkamp Publishing House

€ 15,-
Reduced 10,-


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