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The Years by Annie Ernaux

The Years

The Years by Annie Ernaux
Nov 21, 2017 | 240 Pages
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The Years is an earnest, fearless book, a Remembrance of Things Past for our age of media domination and consumerism, for our period of absolute commodity fetishism.”
–Edmund White, New York Times Book Review

“Annie Ernaux is ruthless. I mean that as a compliment. Perhaps no other memoirist — if, in fact, memoir-writing is what Ernaux is up to, which both is and isn’t the case — is so willing to interrogate not only the details of her life but also the slippery question of identity. …Think of The Years…as memoir in the shape of intervention: ‘all the things she has buried as shameful and which are now worthy of retrieval, unfolding, in the light of intelligence.’”
David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times

“The process of reading The Years is similar to a treasure box discovery. …It is the kind of book you close after reading a few pages, carried away by the bittersweet taste it leaves in your mind. …Ernaux transforms her life into history and her memories into the collective memory of a generation.” 
Los Angeles Review of Books

“…a memoir that is humble and generous, an homage to the great French writers and thinkers of the previous century. The “she” of The Years could be (and indeed is meant to be) any woman who grew up in a small town and moved into the literary world… To her, the book will “give form to her future absence.” The Years is not the testimony of a woman who once existed, but of a woman who no longer exists.” 

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