Marie NDiaye’s newest novel The Cheffe, published by Penguin Random House, makes its appearance on the African literary scene on October 29, 2019.
Marie NDiaye is one of the most prolific authors from the African continent with novels for children and adults, short stories, plays, and screenplays written in French. Born in France to Senegalese parents, her novel Three Strong Women (2009) won the Prix Goncourt, France’s most prestigious literary prize, the first time by a black woman. Her novel Ladivine (2013) was nominated for the Booker Prize in its year of publication. Some of the other books she has written available in English are Self-Portrait in Green (2005), and My Heart Hemmed In (2007).
The newest book from the author The Cheffe has the following blurb;
From the Booker Prize-nominated author of Three Strong Women: an elegant, hypnotic new novel about a legendary French female chef–the facts her life, the nearly ineffable qualities of her cooking, and the obsessive, sometimes destructive desire for purity of taste and experience that shaped her life.
Continuing her tradition of writing provocative fiction about fascinating women, here Marie NDiaye gives us the story of a Great Female Chef – a chef who was celebrated as one of the best in a world where men dominate, and the way that her pursuit of love, pleasure, and gustatory delights helped shape her life and career. Told from the perspective of her former assistant (and unrequited lover), now an aged chef himself, here is the story of a woman’s quest to the front of the kitchen–and the extraordinary journey she takes along the way.