The Possession (Paperback)

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This was my first time dipping my toe into Annie Ernaux's work, and I now feel I have to dive in headfirst to more. The Possession is a close, breathless, yet unashamed depiction of total obsession--specifically, intense fascination after the ending of a romantic relationship. There are so many things I could say about the points Ernaux makes about love, manic obsession, ownership, gender and competition in relationships...but it's only 60 pages, and I'd recommend just diving in.


— From Alyson



Self-regard, in the works of Annie Ernaux, is always an excruciatingly painful and exact process. Here, she revisits the peculiar kind of self-fulfillment possible when we examine ourselves in the aftermath of a love affair, and sometimes, even, through the eyes of the lost beloved.

About the Author

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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781583228555
ISBN-10: 1583228551
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Publication Date: December 2nd, 2008
Pages: 64
Language: English