“I Remain in Darkness” by Annie Ernaux


Winner of the 2022 Nobel Prize in Literature

I Remain in Darkness is a new high water mark for Ernaux, surging with raw emotional power and her sublime ability to use language to apprehend her own life’s particular music.

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An extraordinary evocation of a grown daughter’s attachment to her mother, and of both women’s strength and resiliency. I Remain in Darkness recounts Annie’s attempts first to help her mother recover from Alzheimer’s disease, and then, when that proves futile, to bear witness to the older woman’s gradual decline and her own experience as a daughter losing a beloved parent.

A Washington Post Top Memoir of 1999

“I Remain in Darkness” by Annie Ernaux