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Hygiene and the Assassin by Amelie Nothomb (Paperback, 2010)

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Hygiene and the Assassin by Amelie Nothomb

Amélie Nothomb is one of Europe's most successful and controversial authors. She wrote Hygiene and the Assassin, her first published novel, when she was only twenty-five, and it became an instant bestseller across Europe. 

Prétextat Tach, Nobel Prize winner and one of the world's most renowned novelists, has two months to live. He has been in seclusion for years, refusing interviews and public appearances. But as news of his impending death becomes public, intrepid journalists from around the globe flock to his home in pursuit of an interview with the elusive author.

One after the other they discover that, far from being the literary luminary they imagined, Tach has become an obese misogynist, a petulant bigot, an embittered, disgusting madman. The world's most famous author turns out to be the worst misanthrope imaginable.

But Nina, the final journalist and the only female to interview Tach, calls the celebrated author's bluff and beats him at his own game. Her questions and the author's biting responses fly in a triumph of brilliant repartee, and Tach is led to a definitive confrontation with his past, while Nina discovers that in love nothing is ever as straightforward as it seems.

 

 Paperback | 160 pages

 135 x 208 x 15mm | 213g

 

 Europa Editions

 New York, NY, United States

 English

 Reissue

 193337277X

 9781933372778

 

Condition: Very Good

A book that has been read but is in excellent condition. Very minimal damage to the cover, including very minimal (barely noticeable) scuff marks along the edges of the front cover. No missing or damaged pages, no creases or tears, and no underlining/highlighting of text or writing in the margins. Very minimal wear and tear.