Marie NDiaye's Transformations In 'Ladivine'

Marie NDiaye's newest novel, 'Ladivine,' is a continuation of the author's complex approach to a plot that always isn't what it seems.

In Marie NDiaye’s novels, people often change from one thing into another. It’s sort of her thing: in the novel for which she won the Prix Goncourt in 2009, for example, Trois Femmes Puissantes (Three Strong Women), a series of women turn into birds, in an elaborate (and compelling) metaphor for migration and immigration; a witch turns a man into a snail in her early novel, La Sorcière, and the title of La Femme changée en bûche literally translates as The Lady Changes into a Log (which is also what happens).

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