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Loving Sabotage

Amélie Nothomb
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571226634
Date Published
03.11.2005
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Summary

‘I lived everything during these three years: heroism, glory, treachery, love, indifference, suffering, humiliation. It was China, I was seven years old.’

So announces the narrator of Loving Sabotage, Amelie Nothomb’s critically acclaimed novel about a young girl already stripped of illusions. The daughter of diplomats posted to Peking in the mid-seventies, our unnamed narrator charges about her tightly enclosed world on her ‘horse’ (bicycle) with the dictatorial clarity and loneliness of a warrior-philosopher. ‘From puberty onwards’, she announces at one point, ‘life is just an epilogue’. There, on the asphalt-playground-battlefield, she discovers her first love: six-year-old Elena, her very own coldly indifferent ‘Helen of Troy’. But she also learns life’s hardest rule: that if she wants to be loved, she must be cruel in return. Poignant, provocative – and often hilarious – Loving Sabotage chronicles one girl’s precocious understanding of the struggles and pains of adult life.

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Belgian by nationality, Amélie Nothomb was born in Kobe, Japan, and currently lives in Paris. Described by Time Magazine as ‘prolific and ingenious’, she is the best-selling author of numerous novels, translated into over thirty languages, including Fear and Trembling which won the Grand Prix of the Académie Française and the Prix Internet du Livre, and The Book of Proper…

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