One Powerful Woman

[Caen, France; December 9. Image via Getty]

French-Senegalese writer Marie NDiaye, who won this year's 'Prix Goncourt', won France's top literary prize, dedicates her book on December 9, 2009 in Caen, western France. NDiaye, 42, becomes the first woman in a decade and the first black woman in history to win the Goncourt prize for 'Trois Femmes Puissantes' (Three Powerful Women), but the soft-spoken writer denies she is a 'symbol'. AFP PHOTO MYCHELE DANIAU (Photo credit should read MYCHELE DANIAU/AFP/Getty Images)