Belgian by nationality, Amelie Nothomb was born in Kobe, Japan, and currently lives in Paris. She is the author of eight novels, translated into fourteen languages. "Fear and Trembling" won the Grand Prix of the Academie Francaise and the Prix Internet du Livre.
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Short but delightful! Oct 7, 2002
Looking back I'm amazed at the vast diversity of emotions this short novel made me go through. The wholehearted laughter of the first pages led to genuine curiosity in the next that gave way to confused amazement and sheer astonishment. It makes you vibrate and the intense, absorbing dialogue between the two characters is compelling and transports you to a tension-filled word game rollercoaster that will make your skin itch. Easily read in less than two hours this is a bittersweet tale drafted in Nothomb's exquisite and captivating writing.