Authors birthday: June

Marie NDiaye (born 4 June 1967) is a French novelist and playwright. She published her first novel, Quant au riche avenir, when she was 17. She won the Prix Goncourt in 2009. Her play Papa doit manger is the sole play by a living female writer to be part of the repertoire of the Comédie française.

NDiaye was born in Pithiviers, France, less than a hundred kilometers south of Paris, to a French mother and a Senegalese father. She grew up with her mother in the suburbs of Paris. Her parents met as students in the mid 1960s, but her father left for Africa when she was only one year old.

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She began writing at the age of 12. As a senior in high school, she was discovered by Jerome Lindon, founder of Editions de Minuit[Midnight Publications], who published her first novel, Quant au riche avenir. After her first novel she wrote a further six, all published by Minuit, and a collection of short stories. She also wrote her Comédie Classique, a two-hundred-page novel made up of a single sentence, which was published by POL when she was 21 years old. As well as writing novels, NDiaye has written a number of plays and a screenplay. Papa doit manger is only the second play by a female writer to be taken into the repertoire of the Comédie française.

Her novel Trois femmes puissantes won the 2009 Prix Goncourt. In his 2013 critical study of the author, Marie NDiaye: Blankness and Recognition, British academic Andrew Asibong describes NDiaye as “the epitome of a certain kind of cultural brilliance”,arguing elsewhere in the book, a psychoanalytic exploration of the writer’s evocation of trauma and disavowal, that “NDiaye’s work explores the violence done to the subject’s capacity for feeling and knowing“.

  • Paulina “Poulli” Chiziane -1931 – 4 June 1955
  • Marie NDiaye – 4 June 1967
  • Dambudzo Marechera – 4 June 1952 –died 18 August 1987
  • Victor Séjour – 2 June 1817 – died 20 September 1874
  • Cornel Ronald West – 2 June 1953
  • Dorothy West – 2 June 1907 –died 16 August 1998
  • Ingrid de Kok – 4 June 1951
  • Lauren Beukes – 5 June 1976

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