Hygiene and the Assassin (Paperback)

By Amelie Nothomb, Alison Anderson (Translator)
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“In this debut novel, originally published in 1992, a Nobel Laureate novelist spars with several journalists he has agreed to meet upon learning that he has only two months to live. Each of the interviews ends with little satisfaction on either side until, finally, a young woman journalist manages to hold her own. She's the only one who has read his novels, and she raises questions about his life and work that lead to an unexpected conclusion. Written almost entirely in dialogue, the book reads like a brilliant and graceful fencing match, and we are pulled along, unsure who will win.”
— Alice Meloy, Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, TX

Description


Published in English for the first time, Nothomb's award-winning novel tells the story of a reclusive and dying Nobel laureate author who grants access to five journalists. But what they find is far from the literary luminary they imagined.

About the Author


Amelie Nothomb's novels are international bestsellers. Belgian by birth, she lives in Paris. Her novel "Fear and Trembling" (Griffin) was made into a successful film in France.

Alison Anderson lived in Greece, France, England, and Switzerland before moving to San Francisco, where she now works as a writer and translator. She is the author of "Hidden Latitudes "(1996), ""a novel of Amelia Earhart based on Anderson's yearlong sailing trip on a 30-foot ketch, which was nominated for the" San Francisco Chronicle"'s Best Book of the Year and the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781933372778
ISBN-10: 193337277X
Publisher: Europa Editions
Publication Date: October 26th, 2010
Pages: 167
Language: English