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20th October 2022

Les Années (2008, translated as The Years, 2018) a good place to begin with Annie Ernaux' work. Although it is often categorised as autofiction, Ernaux rejects this label, saying that she brings together both the personal and the collective. Such is her ability to condense the 'lived dimension of history' from 1940 to 2006, non-French readers will also recognise so much of the postwar evolution and detail. Les Années is published by Gallimard as part of its classic Collection Blanche which, like Persephone Books, uses the same instantly recognisable cover design for every book in the series.

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