Receives the Würth Prize, which is worth 25,000 euros: Annie Ernaux (81).

The French writer Annie Ernaux (81) will be awarded the 13th Würth Prize for European Literature in Künzelsau on Tuesday.

Künzelsau – The French writer Annie Ernaux (81, “The Event”) has been awarded the 13th Würth Prize for European Literature.

Receives the Würth Prize, which is worth 25,000 euros: Annie Ernaux (81). © Horst Galuschka/dpa

It is endowed with 25,000 euros and was awarded on Tuesday evening in Künzelsau (Hohenlohe district).

The 81-year-old, who describes herself as “an ethnologist of herself”, dedicates herself to questions about the invisible class barriers in Europe, the reasoning said.

She also deals with the interference of the state in the private sphere and the experiences of a woman who is not satisfied with her intended place in society.

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In the novel “The Event” the author describes how the student Annie Ernaux became pregnant in 1963. In a time and country where abortion is illegal, she is trying not to have the child growing inside her.

“The experience of disenfranchisement, powerlessness and fear that Ernaux’s text reflects is timeless,” said the jury of the Würth Prize, which is awarded every two years.

In 2020, the Israeli writer David Grossman (68) was awarded the prize.

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