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by Marie NDiaye
Quelle faute Fanny a-t-elle commise ? De quoi est-elle coupable pour être ainsi rejetée par les siens qui ne paraissent pas, eux, la considérer comme des leurs ? D'ailleurs, se nomme-t-elle bien Fanny ? Que reproche-t-on à ses vingt ans ? Des amourettes, des insolences ? D'avoir séduit son cousin Eugène ou d'avoir quitté Georges, son fiancé, « qui lui ressemblait » ? D'avo ...more
Broché, 315 pages
Published April 5th 2007 by Editions de Minuit
(first published 1991)
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Aug 21, 2017 Jessica rated it really liked it · review of another edition
It's taken me forever to read this novel... well, I quit at one point and read other things. It's slow-going: an early novel by NDiaye but ultimately, no less extraordinary. The theme of otherness within a family, race (though never explicit), the tyranny of family, conformity, of suburban France along with the deep need to belong... As in other NDiaye works, there are elements of fable and the fearsome dog has a role to play here as well. The novel enters your waking and dream life, having itse ...more
I was just browsing through my books when I saw this novel and four years after reading it I suddenly realized how much I liked it, enigmatic story and powerful writing, it is not an easy read but it will repay the effort, every modern literature aficionado should give NDiaye a try.
Marie NDiaye was born in Pithiviers, France, in 1967; spent her childhood with her French mother (her father was Senegalese); and studied linguistics at the Sorbonne. She started writing when she was twelve or thirteen years old and was only eighteen when her first work was published. In 2001 she was awarded the prestigious Prix Femina literary prize for her novel Rosie Carpe, and in 2009, she won ...moreMore about Marie NDiaye...