Happening

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Author: Annie Ernaux
Translated by Tanya Leslie

9781644213520 | PB | pp. 96 | 2019 | Seven Stories Press

In 1963, Annie Ernaux, 23 and unattached, realizes she is pregnant. 40 years later in Happening she sifts through her memories recalling that traumatic period.

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Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival Official Selection of the Sundance Film Festival In 1963, Annie Ernaux, 23 and unattached, realizes she is pregnant. Shame arises in her like a plague: Understanding that her pregnancy will mark her and her family as social failures, she knows she cannot keep that child.

This is the story, written forty years later, of a trauma Ernaux never overcame. In a France where abortion was illegal, she attempted, in vain, to self-administer the abortion with a knitting needle. Fearful and desperate, she finally located an abortionist, and ends up in a hospital emergency ward where she nearly dies.

In Happening, Ernaux sifts through her memories and her journal entries dating from those days. Clearly, cleanly, she gleans the meanings of her experience.

Author:

Annie Ernaux
Translator: Tanya Leslie
Introduction: Francine Prose

ISBN:

9781644213520

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

96

Year of Publication:

2019

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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