Laurent Binet

On 16/05/2017 from 18:30 at 19:30

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  • Institut Français - London
  • £10
  • Duration : 1 hour

Laurent Binet sera à l'Institut Français le mardi 16 mai dans le cadre du festival de littérature Beyond Words pour nous parler de son livre La septième fonction du langagerécemment traduit en anglais sous le titre The 7th Function of Language.

Institut Français London

The author

Laurent Binet is an author and professor of literature in France. His first novel, HHhH (Vintage), was an international bestseller which won the prestigious Prix Goncourt du premier roman, among other prizes. His second novel, The 7th Function of Language (Harvill Secker), is an electrifying thriller that opens with Roland Barthes being hit by a laundry van in a busy Paris street. History tells us it was an accident, but what if it wasn’t?

The book

February 1980. Roland Barthes is knocked down in a Paris street by a laundry van. History tells us it was an accident. But what if it were an assassination? What if Barthes was carrying a document of global importance? A document explaining the seventh function of language – which gives whoever masters it the ability to convince anyone, in any situation, to do anything. Who can you trust when the idea of truth itself is at stake? Laurent Binet, author of the bestselling HHhH and winner of the Goncourt first novel prize, will be presenting this brilliantly erudite comedy, published by Harvill Secker, in discussion with British author and journalist Alex Preston.