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The 7th Function of Language
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Laurent Binet Sam Taylor
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The 7th Function of Language

Laurent Binet Sam Taylor



Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945);
Crime & mystery;
Political & legal thriller;
Historical fiction


400 pages

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ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK —— If some marketing genius could’ve convinced Dan Brown and Umberto Eco to write a novel together, then this would be the likely outcome. Practically every post-war French philosopher makes an appearance, although not always in an entirely complementary manner, but Binet (who gave us the brilliant HHhH) has a lot of fun mixing fact with fiction.

Roman Jakobson, a Russian-American linguist, wrote a book called The Six Functions of Language. Binet proposes he wrote a Seventh Function, one which politicians are willing to kill for. After having lunch with Presidential candidate Francoise Mitterrand, the philosopher Roland Barthes is run down by a hit-and-run driver. A folder he was carrying has gone missing... and so begins this cerebral thriller.

Fun and thought-provoking, this will definitely have you hitting Wikipedia. Binet has come up with a gem.
- Greg Waldron, Abbey's staff


Roland Barthes, one of the 20th-century's towering literary figures, is knocked down in a Paris street by a laundry van. It's February 1980 and he's just come from lunch with Francois Mitterrand, who is 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? That document was the key to 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 global chase that takes them from the corridors of power and academia to backstreet saunas and midnight rendezvous. What they discover is a global conspiracy involving the President, murderous Bulgarians and a secret international debating society. In the world of intellectuals and politicians, everyone is a suspect. And who can you trust when the idea of truth itself is at stake?

By:   Laurent Binet
Translated by:   Sam Taylor
Imprint:   Harvill
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   423g
ISBN:   9781910701591
ISBN 10:   1910701599
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   May 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Laurent Binet lives and works in France. His first novel, HHhH, was an international bestseller which won the prestigious Prix Goncourt du premier roman, among other prizes.

A playful conspiracy thriller. Guardian

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