Happening by Annie Ernaux, Winner of the 2022 Nobel Prize for Literature:
I would listen to Bach’s Passion According to St John in my room. When the Evangelist’s solo voice rang out in German to celebrate the Passion of Christ, I felt the ordeal I had suffered between October and January was being recounted in an unknown language. Then came the chorus Wohin! Wohin! The horizons parted, the kitchen in the Passage Cardinet, the probe and the blood all became engulfed in the misery of the world and eternal death. I felt saved.