Marie Ndiaye was announced the winner of the Le Prix Marguerite-Youcernar 2020 on December 1, 2020.
Le Prix Marguerite-Yourcenar is a prize named after the late novelist, short story writer, autobiographer, poet, translator, essayist, and literary critic Marguerite Yourcenar. The prize for a body of work has been won in the past by Pierre Michon (2015), Hélène Cixous (2016), Annie Ernaux (2017), Jean Echenoz (2018), and Pascal Quignard (2019). It was created by Scam (Civil Society of Multimedia Authors).
This year’s prize was awarded by a jury chaired by Benoît Peeters alongside Laura Alcoba, Pascal Boille, Catherine Clément, Colette Fellous, Simonetta Greggio, Nedim Gürsel, Isabelle Jarry, Michèle Kahn, Bertrand Leclair and Pascal Ory.
“To crown her work would certainly have been appreciated by Marguerite Yourcenar, both having in common the taste for solitude, for freedom, and the great adventures of language,” Colette Fellous said of Marie Ndiaye when expressing the jury’s choice.
“There is magic in Marie NDiaye’s work, the real sometimes wavers and by dint of observing it, we discover invisible circles that will lead us little by little to the heart of things, to the heart of what we did not know how to watch, or what we had watched absentmindedly “she added.
The French novelist and playwright Ndiaye is the winner of several awards including the Prix Femina, Prix Goncourt, Grand Prix du Théâtre de l’Académie Française, and the Nelly Sachs Prize.
The Berlin-based writer gets the €8000 prize money.