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Amélie Nothomb


She is one of the most popular and internationally acclaimed French-language authors. Born in Kobe, Japan, from a Brussels family, she spent her childhood and adolescence in the Far East, mainly in China and Japan, and studied Romance philology at the Free University of Brussels.  With an extensive literary career, Amélie Nothomb's novels combine mystery, fantasy and absurdity. Notable titles include her first novel Hygène de l'assassin (Albin Michel, 1992), Cosmétique de l'ennemi (Albin Michel, 2001), a work in which Nothomb uncovers the darkest and most disturbing side of the everyday world and with which she surprised the public in 2001, Journal d'Hirondelle (Albin Michel, 2006), Le Crime du comte Neville (Albin Michel, 2015), Frappe-toi le coeur (Albin Michel, 2017) or Les Prénoms épicènes (Albin Michel, 2018), among many others. The author has also written five novels with autobiographical content where she narrates her childhood and youth in Japan such as Méthaphysique des tubes (Albin Michel, 2000), Ni d'Ève ni d'Adam (Albin Michel, 2007) or Stupeur et Tremblements (Albin Michel, 1999), a work with which she won the Grand Prix de l'Académie Française. Amélie Nothomb has also received other awards such as the Leteo Prize (2006) and the Jean Giono Prize (2008) for her work as a whole. Her latest novel translated into Spanish is Sed (Anagrama, 2022) [Soif (2019). Albin Michel].

Update: 17 December 2021


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