Simple Passion

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Seven Stories Press, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 67 pages
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In her spare, stark style, Annie Ernaux documents the desires and indignities of a human heart ensnared in an all-consuming passion. Blurring the line between fact and fiction, an unnamed narrator attempts to plot the emotional and physical course of her two-year relationship with a married foreigner where every word, event, and person either provides a connection with her beloved or is subject to her cold indifference. With courage and exactitude, she seeks the truth behind an existence lived entirely for someone else, and, in the pieces of its aftermath, she is able to find it.
 

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I read this book in one sitting for my French Culture class. The author, Annie Ernaux, focused on describing her passion-filled relationship with a man she calls A. Her goal was not to analyze every little detail of her relationship with this married man, but rather provide the solid facts for the reader to think about.  

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well written, interesting depiction of what an love affair does to a person Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Born in 1940, ANNIE ERNAUX grew up in Normandy, studied at Rouen University, and began teaching high 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. She won the prestigious Prix Renaudot for A Man's Place when it was first published in French in 1984. The English edition was a New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. The English edition of A Woman's Story was a New York Times Notable Book.

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