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Sulphuric Acid

Amélie Nothomb
Translated by Shaun Whiteside

Sulphuric Acid by Amélie Nothomb is a satirical take on reality TV, from the enfant terrible of French literature.

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Sulphuric Acid tells the story of a reality TV death camp, which has become the nation’s obsession – an amoral spectacle played out through the media. It is a blackly funny and shocking satire on the modern predilection for reality television and celebrity, in which the audience at home develops a taste for blood.


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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