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The Seventh Function of Language

(2017)
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'One of the funniest, most riotously inventive and enjoyable novels you'll read this year' - Observer

Roland Barthes is knocked down in a Paris street by a laundry van. It's February 1980 and he has just come from lunch with Francois Mitterrand, a slippery politician locked in a battle for the Presidency. Barthes dies soon afterwards. History tells us it was an accident.

But what if it were an assassination? What if Barthes was carrying a document of unbelievable, global importance? A document explaining the seventh function of language - an idea so powerful it gives whoever masters it the ability to convince anyone, in any situation, to do anything.

Police Captain Jacques Bayard and his reluctant accomplice Simon Herzog set off on a chase that takes them from the corridors of power and academia to backstreet saunas and midnight rendezvous. What they discover is a worldwide conspiracy involving the President, murderous Bulgarians and a secret international debating society.

In the world of intellectuals and politicians, everyone is a suspect. Who can you trust when the idea of truth itself is at stake?

Genre: Thriller    

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August 2017 : USA Hardback
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May 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: The 7th Function of Language
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ISBN: 1-910701-58-0 / 978-1-910701-58-4 (UK edition)
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Paperback Editions

August 2018 : USA Paperback

Title: The Seventh Function of Language
Author(s): Laurent Binet
ISBN: 1-250-18168-2 / 978-1-250-18168-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador USA
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April 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The 7th Function of Language
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ISBN: 1-78470-319-2 / 978-1-78470-319-6 (UK edition)
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May 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The 7th Function of Language
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ISBN: 1-910701-59-9 / 978-1-910701-59-1 (UK edition)
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Audio Editions

August 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: 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.
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August 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Seventh Function of Language
Author(s): Laurent Binet, Sam Taylor - translator
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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August 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Seventh Function of Language
Author(s): Laurent Binet, Sam Taylor - translator
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Kindle Editions

August 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: 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
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Title: The 7th Function of Language
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Publisher: Vintage Digital
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