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Why Didn’t We Report This? Marie Ndaye- Génie littéraire… Femme Noire

In Global on December 10, 2009 at 12:00 am

In better late than never reporting for Le Monde Noir,  Marie Ndaye, a Senegalese-French woman, was the first black woman to win France’s Prix Goncourt, the country’s top literary prize in November.  She is also the first woman to win the prize since 1998.  She won for her novel Trois femmes puissantes (Three Powerful Women). Ms. Ndaye has also been a vocal critic of Sarkozy’s France as it has been reported that she moved to Berlin in 2007 because she found the city to be “freer” than France.

Interestingly, Ms. Ndaye distanced her win’s significance as a first for a person of black heritage.  She states, “I don’t represent anything or anyone. I have met many French people raised in Africa who are more African than I am.”

Black Woman Wins Prix Goncourt for the First Time – [Guardian]
New Literary Star Marie Ndiaye takes on France’s old guard- [CS Monitor]

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