A Man’s Place

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Author: Annie Ernaux
Translated by Tanya Leslie
Introduction by Francine Prose

9781644213544 | PB | pp. 240 | 2017 | Seven Stories Press

In A Man’s Place Annie Ernaux writes about her father who, barely educated, struggled through life and grew into a hard, practical man.

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Annie Ernaux’s father died exactly two months after she passed her practical examination for a teaching certificate. Barely educated and valued since childhood strictly for his labor, Ernaux’s father had grown into a hard, practical man who showed his family little affection. Narrating his slow ascent towards material comfort, Ernaux’s cold observation in A Man’s Place reveals the shame that haunted her father throughout his life. She scrutinizes the importance he attributed to manners and language that came so unnaturally to him as he struggled to provide for his family with a grocery store and cafe in rural France. Over the course of the book, Ernaux grows up to become the uncompromising observer now familiar to the world, while her father matures into old age with a staid appreciation for life as it is and for a daughter he cautiously, even reluctantly admires.

Author:

Annie Ernaux
Translator: Tanya Leslie
Introduction: Francine Prose

ISBN:

9781644213544

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

240

Year of Publication:

2017

Publisher:

Seven Stories Press

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Author

Considered one of France’s most important authors, Annie Ernaux has written some twenty works of fiction and a memoir.

In 2022, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. She has also won the Prix Renaudot for A Man’s Place and the Marguerite Yourcenar Prize for her body of work. More recently she received the International Strega Prize, the Prix Formentor, the French-American Translation Prize, and the Warwick Prize for Women in Translation for The Years, which was also shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize. Her other works include Exteriors, A Girl’s Story, A Woman’s Story, The Possession, Simple Passion, Happening, I Remain in Darkness, Shame and A Frozen Woman.

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