“There is a great happiness. The name of Ernaux had been circulating for some years among the possible Nobel laureates, so obviously there was some expectation, but we didn’t even hope for it in our most forbidden dreams. Instead it happened”. The publisher Marco Federici Solari is excited and happy, while talking on the phone with Adnkronos about the victory of the Nobel Prize for Literature awarded to Annie Ernaux, the writer of the tips of the publishing house L’Orma, which he directs together with Lorenzo Flabbi. “The particular and precious thing for us – explains Solari – is that Annie Ernaux has accompanied our publishing house from the beginning. When we thought of founding it, since our house specializes in French and German literature, she was at the forefront. , because surprisingly she was known in France but very little in Italy. Then she made the fortune of our publishing house, because the Italian public immediately recognized her as a very important author “. On the literary style of Ernaux, from whose novel ‘L’ event ‘was made into the film’ L’evenement ‘which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 2021, Solari explains: “It is a contemporary classic that has concentrated its literary research on the excavation of memory. Memory as reconstruction not so much of himself but of the social and cultural environment from which he comes. You have a clear idea of his class origin, he was born from two parents who were first farmers, who then opened a small dairy bar in provinces a and this passage of class, from daughter of proletarians to bourgeois and even bourgeois intellectual is one of the great themes of her literature “. A writer” that the Italian public immediately loved “, reveals the publisher. “Ernaux is a rare case of a very accessible and simple author of very high literature – she tells Adnkronos – Her writing is apparently flat, but in reality it is like the blade of a knife, very sharp and very precise. Her translator (Lorenzo Flabbi, the other publisher of L’Orma, ed) has done an extraordinary job, and is complicit in the success in Italy. Every word is justified and could not be replaced “. Solar then says that he heard the Nobel Prize immediately after the announcement of victory. “We wrote to each other via whatsapp, they weren’t literary phrases but little hearts and enthusiasm”, she explains. And he announces that the collaboration with Ernaux will not end at all, on the contrary: “On November 8 his new book comes out, it is called ‘The boy’, and the story of a love relationship with a man much younger than her. leads to reflect on sexuality at a certain age, on the relationship with one’s body and on writing and sex “.