Marie NDiaye was born in 1967 in the middle of France. She published her first book when she was 17, by Editions de Minuit. After completing her baccalaureate, she spent several years in Spain, Italy and Germany. Back in France, she lived with her husband and their three children in Normandy, then near Bordeaux. In 2007, they moved to Berlin, where they are still partly living. In the meantime, she has published approximately twenty novels and plays.