Getting Lost

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Author: Annie Ernaux
Translated by Alison L. Strayer

9781644213506 | PB | pp. 240 | 2022 | Seven Stories Press

Getting Lost by Annie Ernaux is the diary of one of France’s most important, award-winning authors during the year she had a passionate, secret love affair with a Russian diplomat.

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Getting Lost is the diary Annie Ernaux kept during the year and a half she had a secret love affair with a younger, married man, a Russian diplomat. Her novel, Simple Passion, was based on this affair, but here her writing is immediate, unfiltered. In these diaries it is 1989 and Annie is divorced with two grown sons, living outside of Paris and nearing fifty. Her lover escapes the city to see her there and Ernaux seems to survive only in expectation of these encounters, saying “his desire for me is the only thing I can be sure of.” She cannot write, she trudges distractedly through her various other commitments in the world, she awaits his next call; she lives only to feel desire and for the next rendezvous. When he is gone and the desire has faded, she feels that she is a step closer to death.
 
Lauded for her spare prose, Ernaux here removes all artifice, her writing pared down to its most naked and vulnerable. Getting Lost is as strong a book as any that she has written, a haunting, desperate view of strong and successful woman who seduces a man only to lose herself in love and desire.

Author:

Annie Ernaux
Translator: Alison L. Strayer

ISBN:

9781644213506

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

240

Year of Publication:

2022

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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