Author: Amelie Nothomb
Translator: Namju Kim
Hardcover / 170 pages.
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About This Book
Here in its American debut edition, Loving Sabotage is the remarkable second
novel by young Belgian literary phenomenon Amelie Nothomb. "I lived everything
during these three years: heroism, glory, treachery, love, indifference,
suffering, humiliation. It was in China, I was seven years old." So announces
the narrator of Loving Sabotage, Amelie Nothomb's critically acclaimed novel
about a young girl who seems already stripped of illusions. The daughter of
diplomats posted to Peking for three years in the mid-seventies, our unnamed
narrator charges about her tightly enclosed world of the concrete ghetto of San
Li Tun on her "horse" -- her bicycle -- with the dictatorial clarity and
loneliness of a warrior-philosopher. "From puberty onwards," she announces at
one point, "life is just an epilogue." On the battlefield of an asphalt
playground, in between "wars" with the children of other nations, she discovers
her first love: six-year-old Elena, her coldly indifferent "Helen of Troy." But
she soon learns life's hardest rule: if she wants to be loved, she must be cruel
in return. A fast, furious -- and often hilarious -- novel of childhood
infatuation and intuited truths, Loving Sabotage chronicles one girl's
precocious understanding of the struggles and pains of adult life.
About The Author
Since her startling entry on the French literary scene eight years ago with Hygiene de l'assassin (which sold over 100,000 copies in France alone), young Belgian novelist Amelie Nothomb has become a literary phenomenon worldwide, combining critical acclaim with enormous popular success. Her eight novels to date are now translated into fourteen languages, and have been awarded numerous prizes, including the Prix du Roman de L'Academie Francaise; the Prix Rene-Fallet; Prix Alain Fournier (twice); Prix Paris Premire 1995; and the Concours du Premier Roman de Sablet 1993.
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