The Book of Proper Names
By (author) Amelie Nothomb
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Book of Proper Names by Amelie Nothomb
Book DescriptionFrom France's 'literary lioness' (Elle), The Book of Proper Names is the story of the hapless orphan girl, Plectrude. Raised by her aunt, and unaware of the dark secret behind her past, she is a troubled but dreamy child who is both blessed and cursed by her intoxicating eyes. Discovered to have enormous gifts as a dancer, she is accepted at Paris's most prestigious ballet school where she devotes herself to artistic perfection, until her body can take no more. In a brilliantly succinct story of haunted adolescence and lost mothers, Nothomb propels the narrative forward until Plectrude is forced to take command of her own fate.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780571223442
(197mm x 127mm x 11mm)
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publish Date: 5-May-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Sulphuric Acid, Paperback (April 2008)
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Life of Hunger, Paperback (July 2007)
Recounting the formative journeys of her youth, from Tokyo to Peking to Paris to New York, the author presents an examination of the self.
Loving Sabotage, Paperback (November 2005)» View all books by Amelie Nothomb
A novel about a young girl already stripped of illusions. The daughter of diplomats posted to Peking in the mid-seventies, the unnamed narrator of this novel charges about her tightly enclosed world on her 'horse' (bicycle). But she also learns life's hardest rule: that if she wants to be loved, she must be cruel in return.
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Author Biography - Amelie Nothomb
Belgian by nationality, Amelie Nothomb was born in Kobe, Japan, and currently lives in Paris. Described by Time Magazine as 'prolific and ingenious', she is the best-selling author of numerous novels, translated into over thirty languages, including Fear and Trembling which won the Grand Prix of the Academie Francaise and the Prix Internet du Livre, and The Book of Proper Names which has sold over 250,000 copies in France.
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