Feature • Marie NDiaye
Translated from the French by Jordan Stump
I never met this woman, whose presence in my personal legends eclipses, by its incandescence, some of her more irrefutably real neighbors. I’m not even sure she’s actual. In the end, it makes little difference. She remains a pure emblem. Everything I know of her comes to me from Jenny.
Marie NDiaye is the author of over a dozen plays and works of prose and was one of ten finalists for the 2013 International Booker Prize, alongside Lydia Davis and Marilynne Robinson. English translations of her work include the story collection All My Friends (Two Lines Press); the novel Three Strong Women (Knopf), for which she received the 2009 Prix Goncourt; and the novel Rosie Carpe (University of Nebraska Press), for which she received the 2001 Prix Femina. Her memoir Self-Portrait in Green will be published in late 2014 by Two Lines Press.
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