A magnificent novel. A story of slow, violent beauty
Seared with incandescent prose, imbued with generosity, The Cheffe is the work of a supreme writer
Rich, meandering . . . NDiaye excels at luscious, forensic descriptions of the ritualistic preparation of food
The Cheffe joins the remarkable procession of intense, passionate heroines of Marie NDiaye
There's the evenness of her prose, eminently polished, deliciously rhythmic, that seems to glide over the violence underneath . . . Who is this writer? And how did she get to be so good?
A virtuoso novel that borrows from the classics to create the life of a cheffe. Subtly sublime