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My Heart Hemmed In

Marie NDiaye

Translated by Jordan Stump

‘I stagger from the shock. I feel the corners of my mouth turning down. My jaw begins to tremble. Yes, yes, yes, I say to myself, get ahold of yourself.’

Marie NDiaye

Marie NDiaye was born in Pithiviers, France and studied linguistics at the Sorbonne. She was eighteen when her first work was published. She won the Prix Femina for Rosie Carpe in 2001, the Prix Goncourt for Three Strong Women in 2009, and in 2015 she was awarded the Nelly Sachs Prize for outstanding literary contributions to the promotion of understanding between peoples, and the Gold Medal of the Arts from the Kennedy Centre International Committee on the Arts.

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Translated by Jordan Stump

Jordan Stump has translated many authors from the French including Marie Redonnet, Eric Chevillard and Honoré de Balzac. His translation of Jardin des Plantes by Claude Simon won the French-American Foundation translation prize.

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