Monday, November 2, 2009

Marie NDiaye wins top French prize [Success Sunday on Monday]

French writer Marie NDiaye has won the Goncourt Prize, France's top literary prize:
Her latest novel, "Trois femmes puissantes," is the story of characters Norah, Fanta and Khadi's fight to "preserve their dignity in the face of humiliations that life has inflicted," according to her publisher Gallimard.
Norah is a French lawyer with roots in West Africa; Fanta is a Senegalese woman living in France; and Khadi is a young Senegalese woman who tries to immigrate illegally to Europe.
"They are in very difficult situations," NDiaye said in an interview with Mediapart news Web site. "(But) they have a hard inner core that is absolutely unbreakable."
I've heard of NDiaye before, though not by name. She wrote a 200-page novel made up of a single sentence, Comédie Classique, and I'm pretty sure it was bandied about as an example of successful experimental writing in writer's workshops I was in back in the day.

I thought that this would be of interest to my readership since I regularly cover women writers and writers of color. However, I haven't read her presumably fascinating work. Anyone a fan of NDiaye?

Source, via Jezebel.


  1. Hmm - that is intriguing. I'm definitely going to try and check her work out.

    On a more adminny note, I wanted to say that it feels somewhat strange to see captions for images that don't specify who the person is, when their identity is relevant. I know that you did it for the Mad Men post a few days back, but I'll admit that it caught my attention more with this post. (I'm thinking it's because she's a woman of color and a real person, as opposed to fictional characters who are white - dehumanizing characters is less weird than dehumanizing someone real.)

    I'd be interested in why you chose to start captioning this way, if it was intentional, and wanted to put my reaction out there. Sorry to delurk with a critique, but I'm really liking the blog, even as I generally read in silence!

  2. Hi there Alice, thanks for reading and pointing that out. I'm capitoning photos to increase access to the site for the visually impaired, inspired by this FWD post:

    My memory held that House was not recognized as anything other than a white man in these photos, but I can see that I'm wrong - both character name and actor name were identified. In future captions, I'll take up this practice. Apologies to anyone I hurt through not naming previous subjects, and thanks for bringing that to my attention :)


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