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Fear and Tremblingby Amelie Nothomb
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According to ancient Japanese protocol, foreigners deigning to approach the emperor did so only with fear and trembling. Terror and self-abasement conveyed respect. Amélie, our well-intentioned and eager young Western heroine, goes to Japan to spend a year working at the Yumimoto Corporation. Returning to the land where she was born is the fulfillment of a dream for Amélie; working there turns into comic nightmare.
Alternately disturbing and hilarious, unbelievable and shatteringly convincing, Fear and Trembling will keep readers clutching tight to the pages of this taut little novel, caught up in the throes of fear, trembling, and, ultimately, delight.
About the Author
Belgian by nationality, Amélie Nothomb was born in Kobe, Japan, and currently lives in Paris. She is the author of ten novels, translated into fourteen languages, including, most recently, The Book of Proper Names, The Character of Rain and Fear and Trembling, which won the Grand Prix of the Académie Française and the Prix Internet du Livre.
The movie of Fear and Trembling, directed by Alain Corneau, which is being released in the US by Cinema Guild this fall, stars César Winner for Best Actress Sylvie Testud.
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