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Fear and Trembling

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Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"Nothomb's slim, ingenious novel drops its plucky Belgian heroine, Amelie, into the etiquette-mad hierarchy of Japanese corporate culture....Amelie's is not a victim's tale but one of transcendence. Every error, every humiliation, becomes an opportunity for spiritual gain, not to mention laugh-out-loud humor laced with surprising pathos. With great delicacy, Nothomb updates the age-old divide between East and West in the delectable little book." O. Magazine

Review:

"Nothomb demonstrates a shrewd understanding of the intricate ways Japanese relationships are made and spoiled. And she has the classic Japanese corporation dead to right....[R]ich with authenticity....[E]legantly written." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"This book is a little miracle. No, forget the `little.' It is a miracle, plain and simple." Le Point

Review:

"Nothomb maintains a humorous and effective detachment throughout....Readers are sure to be won over by her spare, self-deprecating, and wise tale, which contains many smarting truths about sexism and racism in Japanese society, and even more about the rituals of corporate culture." Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

This stunningly funny novel about the gap between East and West, and the story of a young Western woman who falls straight into it through her job for a Japanese corporation, was a sensation in France, where it sold half a million copies and won the Grand Prix de l'Academie Francaise and the Prix Internet du Livre.

Synopsis:

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, 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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312288570
Translator:
Hunter, Adriana
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Author:
Nothomb, Amelie
Author:
Hunter, Adriana
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Alien labor
Subject:
Visitors, Foreign
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20020431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
7.9 x 4.9 x 0.5 in

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Product details 144 pages St. Martin's Griffin - English 9780312288570 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Nothomb's slim, ingenious novel drops its plucky Belgian heroine, Amelie, into the etiquette-mad hierarchy of Japanese corporate culture....Amelie's is not a victim's tale but one of transcendence. Every error, every humiliation, becomes an opportunity for spiritual gain, not to mention laugh-out-loud humor laced with surprising pathos. With great delicacy, Nothomb updates the age-old divide between East and West in the delectable little book."
"Review" by , "Nothomb demonstrates a shrewd understanding of the intricate ways Japanese relationships are made and spoiled. And she has the classic Japanese corporation dead to right....[R]ich with authenticity....[E]legantly written."
"Review" by , "This book is a little miracle. No, forget the `little.' It is a miracle, plain and simple."
"Review" by , "Nothomb maintains a humorous and effective detachment throughout....Readers are sure to be won over by her spare, self-deprecating, and wise tale, which contains many smarting truths about sexism and racism in Japanese society, and even more about the rituals of corporate culture."
"Synopsis" by , This stunningly funny novel about the gap between East and West, and the story of a young Western woman who falls straight into it through her job for a Japanese corporation, was a sensation in France, where it sold half a million copies and won the Grand Prix de l'Academie Francaise and the Prix Internet du Livre.
"Synopsis" by ,
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.

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