French writer (b. Lillebonne 1940). One of the most interesting intellectuals on the contemporary French literary scene. A careful investigator of autobiographical themes and a writer with a disarming competence in analysing – with a bare prose free of subjectivism that is one of her stylistic features – the themes of loss, family ties and the difficulty of individual and social growth processes.
She made her debut with the novel Les armoires vides (1974), which was followed by a vast and refined production where intimist themes alternate and intertwine with powerful historical and sociological syntheses.
In 2022, she received the Mondello International Literary Prize – Foreign Author and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature “for the courage and clinical acuity with which she unveiled the roots, estrangements and collective constraints of personal memory”; the publication of the short story Le jeune homme also dates back to 2022.