Simple Passion
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  • Paperback
  • 72
  • June 2003
  • 9781583225745

Simple Passion

Annie Ernaux

Translated by Tanya Leslie

A New York Times Notable Book

In her spare, stark style, Annie Ernaux's Simple Passion documents the desires and indignities of a human heart ensnared in an all-consuming passion. Blurring the line between fact and fiction, an unnamed narrator attempts to plot the emotional and physical course of her two-year relationship with a married foreigner where every word, event, and person either provides a connection with her beloved or is subject to her cold indifference. With courage and exactitude, she seeks the truth behind an existence lived entirely for someone else, and, in the pieces of its aftermath, she is able to find it.

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REVIEWS

"The triumph of Ms. Ernaux's approach … is to cherish commonplace emotions while elevating the banal expression of them … A monument to passions that defy simple explanations." —The New York Times Book Review

"A work of lyrical precision and diamond-hard clarity." —The New Yorker

"A stunning story, despite its detachment and the careful exclusions of any excess, that pulsates with the very passion Ernaux so truthfully describes. Small, but abundantly wise." —Kirkus

"All this—the suffering and anxiety of waiting, the brief soulagement of lovemaking, the lethargy and fatigue that follow, the renewal of desire, the little indignities and abjections of both obsession and abandonment—Ernaux tells with calm, almost tranquillized matter-of-factness[that] feels like determination, truth to self, clarity of purpose." —The Washington Post

About Annie Ernaux

Born in 1940, ANNIE ERNAUX grew up in Normandy. From 1977 to 2000, she was a professor at the Centre National d’Enseignement par Correspondance. In 1984, she won the Prix Renaudot for her book La Place. Eight of her novels have been published in America, including A Woman’s Story, a New York Times Notable Book, and A Man’s Place, a New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her more recent works include Se perdre (2001),  L’usage de la photo (2005), Les Années (2008), L'Autre fille (2011), L'Atelier noir (2011), and Écrire la vie (2011).

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