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Book Title: Die Kunst, Champagner zu trinken|
The author of the book: Amélie Nothomb
Date of issue: February 24th 2016
ISBN 13: 9783257069617
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There is something precocious about Amélie Nothomb's writing, which is why I like her novels. Hygiene and the Assassin (Hygiène de l'assassin) and Life Form (Une forme de vie) remain my favorites. While her 23rd novel doesn't quite hit the high marks of Nothomb's previous work, Pétronille is nonetheless a sparkling flute of champagne with a rather dark and disturbing ending. It tells the story of a thirty-year-old novelist named Amélie Nothomb, and her self-destructive friendship with Pétronille Fanto, a writer in her early twenties, and the personal demons they hide from each other. Pétronille is also a novel about the aesthetics of intoxication and, more specifically, the aesthetics of drinking champagne with the right "comvinion" (someone with whom one can attain the sublime). "Intoxication doesn’t just happen," Nothomb observes. "It’s an art, one that requires talent and application."
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Read information about the authorAmélie Nothomb, born Fabienne Claire Nothomb, was born in Etterbeek, Belgium on 9 July 1966, to Belgian diplomats. Although Nothomb claims to have been born in Japan, she actually began living in Japan at the age of two until she was five years old. Subsequently, she lived in China, New York, Bangladesh, Burma, the United Kingdom (Coventry) and Laos.
She is from a distinguished Belgian political family; she is notably the grand-niece of Charles-Ferdinand Nothomb, a Belgian foreign minister (1980-1981). Her first novel, Hygiène de l'assassin, was published in 1992. Since then, she has published approximately one novel per year with a.o. Les Catilinaires (1995), Stupeur Et Tremblements (1999) and Métaphysique des tubes (2000).
She has been awarded numerous prizes, including the 1999 Grand Prix du roman de l'Académie française; the Prix René-Fallet; and twice the Prix Alain-Fournier.
While in Japan, she attended a local school and learned Japanese. When she was five the family moved to China. "Quitter le Japon fut pour moi un arrachement" ("Leaving Japan was a wrenching separation for me") she writes in Fear and Trembling. Nothomb moved often, and did not live in Europe until she was 17, when she moved to Brussels. There, she reportedly felt as much a stranger as everywhere else. She studied philology at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. After some family tensions, she returned to Japan to work in a big Japanese company in Tokyo. Her experience of this time is told in Fear and Trembling. She has written a romanticized biography (Robert des noms propres) for the French female singer RoBERT in 2002 and during the period 2000-2002 she wrote the lyrics for nine tracks of the same artist. Many ideas inserted in her books come from the conversations she had with an Italian man, from late eighties and during the nineties. She used the French Minitel, while he used the Italian Videotel system, connected with the French one. They never met personally.
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