I Remain in Darkness


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Author: Annie Ernaux
Translated by Tanya Leslie

9781644213537 | PB | pp. 96 | 1999 | Seven Stories Press

I Remain in Darkness by Annie Ernaux recounts the author’s struggles with the changes due to her mother’s Alzheimer’s disease. A memoir showing the strong bond between and resiliency of both women.

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An extraordinary evocation of a grown daughter’s attachment to her mother, and of both women’s strength and resiliency. I Remain in Darkness recounts Annie Ernaux’s attempts first to help her mother recover from Alzheimer’s disease, and then, when that proves futile, to bear witness to the older woman’s gradual decline and her own experience as a daughter losing a beloved parent. I Remain in Darkness is a new high water mark for Ernaux, surging with raw emotional power and her sublime ability to use language to apprehend her own life’s particular music.

This book was the Washington Post Book World Expert Pick for Best Memoir of 1999.


Annie Ernaux
Translator: Tanya Leslie







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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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