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The Seventh Function of Language

(2017)
A novel by

 
[Translated by Sam Taylor]
[Read by Bronson Pinchot]

Celebrated author Laurent Binet blends police procedural and literary theory with erudite comedy in this send-up of French intellectual tradition.

Paris, 1980. The literary critic Roland Barthes dies -- struck by a laundry van -- after lunch with the presidential candidate Francois Mitterand. The world of letters mourns a tragic accident. But what if it wasn't an accident at all? What if Barthes was murdered?

In The Seventh Function of Language, Laurent Binet spins a madcap secret history of the French intelligentsia, starring such luminaries as Jacques Derrida, Umberto Eco, Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, and Julia Kristeva -- as well as the hapless police detective Jacques Bayard, whose new case will plunge him into the depths of literary theory (starting with the French version of Roland Barthes for Dummies). Soon Bayard finds himself in search of a lost manuscript by the linguist Roman Jakobson on the mysterious ''seventh function of language.''

A brilliantly erudite comedy that recalls Flaubert's Parrot and The Name of the Rose -- with more than a dash of The Da Vinci Code -- The Seventh Function of Language takes us from the cafes of Saint-Germain to the corridors of Cornell University, and into the duels and orgies of the Logos Club, a secret philosophical society that dates to the Roman Empire. Binet has written both a send-up and a wildly exuberant celebration of the French intellectual tradition.

Genre: Thriller
 
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Hardback Editions

August 2017 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Seventh Function of Language: A Novel
Author(s): Laurent Binet
ISBN: 0-374-26156-3 / 978-0-374-26156-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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May 2017 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: The 7th Function of Language
Author(s): Laurent Binet
ISBN: 1-910701-58-0 / 978-1-910701-58-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Secker
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Paperback Editions

April 2018 : UK Paperback
Title: The 7th Function of Language
Author(s): Laurent Binet
ISBN: 1-78470-319-2 / 978-1-78470-319-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
Availability: Amazon UK   

May 2017 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The 7th Function of Language
Author(s): Laurent Binet
ISBN: 1-910701-59-9 / 978-1-910701-59-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Secker
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

Audio Editions

August 2017 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: The Seventh Function of Language: A Novel
Author(s): Laurent Binet
ISBN: 1-4708-6328-6 / 978-1-4708-6328-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

August 2017 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Seventh Function of Language
Author(s): Laurent Binet, Sam Taylor - translator
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

August 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Seventh Function of Language: A Novel
Author(s): Laurent Binet
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

May 2017 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The 7th Function of Language
Author(s): Laurent Binet
Publisher: Vintage Digital
Availability: Amazon UK   


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