Marie NDiaye was born in France in 1967. She published her first novel at seventeen, and has won the Prix Femina (Rosie Carpe in 2001) and the Prix Goncourt (Three Strong Women, 2009). Her play Papa Doit Manger has been taken into the repertoire of the Comedie Fran aise. In 2007, after the election of Nicolas Sarkozy, NDiaye left France with her family to live in Berlin.
There's the evenness of her prose, eminently polished, deliciously rhythmic, that seems to glide over the violence underneath . . . Who is this writer? And how did she get to be so good? - New York Review of BooksRich, meandering . . . NDiaye excels at luscious, forensic descriptions of the ritualistic preparation of food - Mail on SundayA magnificent novel. A story of slow, violent beauty - ElleSeared with incandescent prose, imbued with generosity, The Cheffe is the work of a supreme writer - ObsA virtuoso novel that borrows from the classics to create the life of a cheffe. Subtly sublime - Les InrockuptiblesThe Cheffe joins the remarkable procession of intense, passionate heroines of Marie NDiaye - Telerama