Sarah Ditum

Annie Ernaux looks back at her teenage self – and sees a stranger

In particular she tries to remember what exactly it felt like for young Annie Duchesne to lose her virginity in rural Catholic 1950s France

Anne Ernaux in the 1980s. Credit: Getty Images

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