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Hôtel Casanova

Annie Ernaux

Translated by Alison L. Strayer

‘I never asked myself if I loved P. But nothing could have kept me from going to make love with him at the Hôtel Casanova.’

Memoir by Annie Ernaux, translated by Alison L. Strayer.

Annie Ernaux

Annie Ernaux published her first novel in 1974 and has since written more than twnty books, including Simple Passion, The Years and A Girl’s Story. In 2022 she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. ‘Hôtel Casanova’ is an excerpt from Ernaux’s book Hôtel Casanova et autres textes brefs, published by Editions Gallimard.

Photograph © Catherine Elie

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Translated by Alison L. Strayer

Alison L. Strayer is a Canadian writer and translator. Her work has been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award, for literature and for translation, and for the Grand Prix du Livre de Montréal. Her translation of The Years by Annie Ernaux won the 2018 Translation Prize in the non-fiction category from the French-American Foundation and the 2019 Warwick Prize for Women in Translation. It was shortlisted the same year for the Man Booker International Prize. She lives in Paris.

Photograph © J. P. Cresceri

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