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Self-Portrait in Green


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Marie NDiaye met her father for the first time at age 15, two years before publishing her first novel. She is the recipient of the Prix Femina and the Prix Goncourt, the latter being highest honor a French writer can receive. One of ten finalists for the 2013 International Booker Prize, alongside Lydia Davis and Marilynne Robinson, she is the author of over a dozen plays and works of prose. Jordan Stump is a two-time nominee for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. One of the leading translators of innovative French literature, he has translated books by Nobel laureate Claude Simon, plus Jean-Philippe Toussaint, Eric Chevillard, and Jules Verne's French-language novel The Mysterious Island.


Praise for Self-Portrait in Green

"Marie NDiaye's Self Portrait in Green is phenomenal." -- Idra Novey, author of Ways of Disappearing "NDiaye's two early books, All My Friends and Self-Portrait in Green . . . are so extraordinarily vivid and controlled" -- The New Republic "[C]ompelling and tightly written. . . . Rather like a Francis Bacon triptych, there is nothing fixed, comforting or coherent about the narrator's identity or idea of herself, but the image she projects is incredibly vivid. . . . [NDiaye's] prose reads effortlessly in Jordan Stump's fine translation." -- Times Literary Supplement "Eerie and mysterious. . . . A kind of French African Elena Ferrante." -- Terese Svoboda, Guggenheim fellow in fiction "Self-Portrait in Green is a sort of malicious reverie where the real mingles with the imagined, the living with the dead, the water with the land." -- The Express (Paris) "It's a book that, once read, leaves you wondering what to think about it . . . knowing . . . you had a thought-provoking evening." -- Minneapolis Star Tribune "[W]ades through feminine fear, power, and insecurity like no other book I've encountered." -- Flavorwire ""[A]n exploration of the sources of fiction and the way that fiction and memoir mix . . . a representation of the artist's mind, questions, anxieties, pleasures, and all." -- Necessary Fiction "Marie NDiaye has created a tiny, psychological masterpiece with her Self-Portrait in Green." -- Three Percent "Self-Portrait in Green is a book that defies easy categorization. . . . In NDiaye's world, ghosts are not as rare as we might think, nor are they like other ghosts, or as you or I probably imagine [them]." -- 3: AM Magazine "Unsentimental in tone and kaleidoscopic in form, Self-Portrait in Green teems with the uncanny texture of a recurring dream. Marie NDiaye's hauntingly spare novel works the terrain between Toussaint's microfiction and Leve's autofiction to gesture toward a new French narrative--smaller and stranger and toothier than before." -- Hal Hlavinka, Community Bookstore in Brooklyn Praise for the author: "NDiaye, who received France's most prestigious literary prize . . . may be that nation's most startling new literary voice." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review "[NDiaye] is increasingly--and justly--recognized as a major world writer." -- Rain Taxi Review of Books

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