In Conversation with Marie NDiaye

Wed 28 Feb
Books & Ideas

A master at agitating, probing and upending expectations” (Lovia Gyarkye – The New York Times Book Review), French writer Marie NDiaye is an essential voice in French literature, having won recognition both in France with the prestigious Prix Goncourt in 2009, and internationally as she was shortlisted for the International Booker Prize in 2016.

In a conversation with writer and translator Lauren Elkin, she will discuss her latest novel Vengeance is Mine, a masterful crossover between class conflict and psychological thriller, which examines in a unique way how traumatic experiences resurface to haunt us.


Followed by a book signing with Marie NDiaye.

About our Guests


Marie NDiaye is a French writer, playwright, and screenwriter. She has been active since 1985, when she published her first novel, Quant au Riche Avenir, at only 17. She has written 14 novels, which have received a wide number of prestigious prizes, among which the Prix Goncourt in 2009 (for Three Strong Women) and she was shortlisted for the International Booker Prize in 2016 (for Ladivine)

Another venture of hers has also met wide success, with her work as a screenwriter for Alice Diop’s film Saint Omer (2022) being nominated as France’s selection for Best International Film at the 95th Academy Awards.

Her latest novel, Vengeance is Mine, was translated from French by Jordan Stump and published in English by MacLehose Press/Quercus in 2023 to wide critical acclaim.


Lauren Elkin is a Franco-American writer and translator, the author of several books, including Art Monsters: Unruly Bodies in Feminist Art, No. 91/92: Notes on a Parisian Commute and Flâneuse: Women Walk the City. She is also an award-winning translator, most recently of Simone de Beauvoir’s previously unpublished novel The Inseparables; upcoming translations include Constance Debré’s Nom, Marie-Laure Bernadec’s biography of Louise Bourgeois, and works by Lola Lafon and Colombe Schneck. Her next book, a novel entitled Scaffolding, will be published by Chatto & Windus in June 2024. After twenty years in Paris, she currently lives in London.


  • Photo: Photo by Francesca Mantovani © Editions Gallimard

Books in English and in French will be on sale and provided by our partner Librairie La Page.