That Time of Year

Marie Ndiaye (Author) Jordan Stump (Translator)

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$19.95  $18.35
Two Lines Press
Publish Date
September 08, 2020
5.3 X 8.0 X 0.7 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

Marie NDiaye has written seven novels including Rosi Carpe, which won the Femina Prize. Her first play, Hilda, opened at the Theatre de l'Atelier in Paris in January 2002. Her second, Providence, opened at the Festival de la Batie in Geneva in September 2001.
Jordan Stump is one of the leading translators of innovative French literature. The recipient of numerous honors and prizes, he has translated books by Nobel laureate Claude Simon, Jean-Philippe Toussaint, and Eric Chevillard, as well as Jules Verne's French-language novel The Mysterious Island. His translation of NDiaye's All My Friends was shortlisted for the French-American Foundation Translation Prize.


"Marie NDiaye is one of my favorite living writers and That Time of Year is yet another shape-shifting masterpiece. Here the disappearance of the protagonist's family is not a mystery to be solved, but rather one that gradually opens a portal into social and psychological terror. NDiaye is a virtuoso of the haunted, the alienated, the submerged, the powerfully strange--and this new novel is as thrilling as it is profound." -Laura van den Berg, author of I Hold a Wolf by the Ears and The Third Hotel

"If Kafka decided to join up with Jacques Tati to rewrite Shirley Jackson's "The Summer People," you might end up with something like NDiaye's absurd and dryly comic novel about the perils of staying too long on vacation. That Time of Year progresses with the fluid logic of a dream that, when you scratch its surface, reveals the image of a nightmare beneath." --Brian Evenson, author of Song for the Unraveling of the World

"Marie NDiaye is so intelligent, so composed, so good, that any description of her work feels like an understatement." --The New York Review of Books

"Compelling, inevitable, and, much like the village, easy to get lost in. That Time of Year is a hypnotic novel about the spell cast by a village on its inhabitants, willing and otherwise." --Foreword Reviews

"NDiaye is writing a literature both innovative and incredible." --The New Republic

"[NDiaye's] inspiration lies not in the real world but in nightmares." --The New York Times

"NDiaye is a rare novelist." --NPR

"[NDiaye] is an impressive stylist with a strong voice." --San Francisco Chronicle

"If any contemporary European writer is on the verge of Ferrante-like recognition, it's NDiaye." --Flavorwire