Written with raw and powerful images, Annie Ernaux says the 'unsayable' as she confronts the experience of having an abortion and of growing up in the post-World War II generation?all in a fresh, original voice.
Cleaned Outby Annie Ernaux
Cleaned Out tells the story of Denise Lesur, a 20-year-old woman suffering the after-effects of a back-alley abortion. Alone in her college dorm room, Denise attempts to understand how her suffocating middle-class upbringing has brought her to such an awful present. Ernaux, one of France's most important contemporary writers, daringly breaks with formal French literary tradition in this moving novel about abortion, growing up, and coming to terms with one's childhood.
Cleaned Outis more than a powerful evocation of the class system in France in the 1950s and of one woman's struggle to move up in the class hierarchy and forget her past. It is also a novel that serves as a haunting contribution, both in subject matter and literary form, to the project of the culturally disenfranchised speaking in their own voice.
Meet the Author
Annie Ernaux a publie son premier roman Les armoires vides en 1974. Couronnee par le prix Renaudot en 1984 pour La place, elle est notamment l'auteur d'Une femme (1988), de Passion simple (1992) et de La honte (1997), parus aux editions Gallimard.
Sanders is Professor of French, Department of Linguistic and International Studies, University of Surrey.
Carol Sanders is Professor of French at the University of Surrey.
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