"Exceptional . . . intense and extraordinarily powerful . . . this succinct narrative . . . exercises a sort of fascination over the reader . . . How happy I am if I have convinced you to read it!"—Figaro Magazine In A Man's Place, Annie Ernaux reveals the vision of her father through her own eyes. Its beauty is like that of certain very old objects we keep and cannot imagine having to live without. This is writing where a deep respect for the realities of life yields a whole new universe of storytelling.
Born in 1940, ANNIE ERNAUX grew up in Normandy, studied at Rouen University, and began teaching high school. From 1977 to 2000, she was a professor at the Centre National d’Enseignement par Correspondance. Her books, in particular A Man’s Place and A Woman’s Story, have become contemporary classics in France. She won the prestigious Prix Renaudot for A Man's Place when it was first published in French in 1984. The English edition was a New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. The English edition of A Woman’s Story was a New York Times Notable Book.
A Man's Place by Annie Ernaux; translated from the French by Tanya Leslie