Binding: QUALITY PAPERBACK BOOKS
YearMonthDay of Publication: 20190514
Standardized Book Category: Literary
Language: EnglishPage Count: 96
Publisher Marketing: WINNER OF THE 2022 NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE"Happening recounts what it was like to be a young woman whose life changed -- and world ominously narrowed -- in 1963 with an unwanted pregnancy. . . . It feels urgently of the moment."
--The New York Times In 1963, Annie Ernaux, 23 and unattached, realizes she is pregnant. Shame arises in her like a plague: Understanding that her pregnancy will mark her and her family as social failures, she knows she cannot keep that child. This is the story, written forty years later, of a trauma Ernaux never overcame. In a France where abortion was illegal, she attempted, in vain, to self-administer the abortion with a knitting needle. Fearful and desperate, she finally located an abortionist, and ends up in a hospital emergency ward where she nearly dies. In Happening, Ernaux sifts through her memories and her journal entries dating from those days. Clearly, cleanly, she gleans the meanings of her experience.
Now an award-winning film by Audrey Diwan
Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival
Official Selection of the Sundance Film Festival
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