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The 7th Function of Language - Laurent Binet

The 7th Function of Language - Laurent Binet
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Title: The 7th Function of Language

Author:  Laurent Binet

ISBN:  9781910701584

Weight:  837g

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The 7th Function of Language by Laurent Binet

Roland Barthes is knocked down in a Paris street by a laundry van.  It’s February 1980 and he has just come from lunch with Francois Mitterrand, a slippery politician locked in a battle for the Presidency.  Barthes dies soon afterwards.  History tells us it was an accident.

But what if it were an assassination?  What if Barthes was carrying a document of unbelievable, global importance?  A document explaining the seventh function of language – an idea so powerful it gives whoever masters it the ability to convince anyone, in any situation, to do anything.

Police Captain Jacques Bayard and his reluctant accomplice Simon Herzog set off on a chase that takes them from the corridors of power and academia to backstreet saunas and midnight rendezvous.  What they discover is a worldwide conspiracy involving the President, murderous Bulgarians and a secret international debating society.

In the world of intellectuals and politicians, everyone is a suspect.  Who can you trust when the idea of truth itself is at stake?

An electrifying literary conspiracy thriller from
the internationally bestselling author of HHhH.

Peer & Press Reviews

[A] global conspiracy thriller involving French philosopher Roland Barthes and a deadly new language.

Metro, 2017 Books of the Year

As a madcap thriller, The 7th Function offers much to admire.  The recondite world of literary and linguistic theory collides delightfully with the pulsating one of desperate car chases, Bulgarian heavies brandishing poisoned umbrellas, and international espionage…  Smart, witty, direct, cool, the tone here is above all likeable.  Crucially, Binet appears to be free from vanity.  His jokes are good, too.

Hal Jensen, Times Literary Supplement

This is a novel that establishes Laurent Binet as the clear heir to the late Umberto Eco, writing novels that are both brilliant and playful, dense with ideas while never losing sight of their need to entertain.  The 7th Function of Language is one of the funniest, most riotously inventive and enjoyable novels you’ll read this year.

Alex Preston, Observer

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: The 7th Function of Language
Author:
Translator: Sam Taylor
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed: On a copy of the front free endpaper, which is printed with a two-tone red pattern.  This is tipped-in directly before the half title page.
Book Stats
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Imprint: Harvill Secker
Publication date:
Printed by: Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13: 9781910701584
ISBN 10: 1910701580
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 390
Size (h x w x d): 224 x 144 x 39mm
Design Credits
Author photograph: enfinbref
Jacket photograph: Louis Monier / RDA / Lebrecht Music & Arts

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