The Possession (Paperback)

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Staff Reviews

Jealousy is us at our most animal. Crying, starving, wild. But the real terror, the thing lying coiled and silent in the corner, is that maybe we weren't special at all.

— Carly

After reading this you will never use the phrase “Didn’t I tell you?” again unless the purpose is to make the recipient feel insignificant or less than.

— Lexi

Pages 38 through 42 ruined my life.

— Maslen

Impeccable; To be inside the mind of a spiraling woman is a gift that should be heavily cherished.

— Phoenix



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