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Does Annie Ernaux seem to be saddened by the fact that all humans will eventually be forgotten by future generations, as those left behind who loved and knew them also die?

Ernaux's attitude towards the idea of death and being forgotten is ambiguous but not sad or explicitly negative. She laments the fact but embraces it as an inevitability at the same time. She celebrates the very fact of having lived at all by expressing regret that a life may one day be forgotten. As such, her writing does not imply any inherent disappointment with this fact, just a brave attempt to meet the truth and attempt to record her own memories as a way to mitigate this problem.

What is one force, among many, which Ernaux describes as manifesting itself very differently in her generation's youth as opposed to their parents' youth?

Though Ernaux explores several...

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