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The Seventh Function of Language

(2017)
A novel by

 
 
From the prizewinning author of HHhH, "the most insolent novel of the year" (L'Express) is a romp through the French intelligentsia of the twentieth century.

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 with more than a dash of TheDa 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.

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Hardback Editions

August 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: 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
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Title: 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

August 2018 : USA Paperback

Title: The Seventh Function of Language: A Novel
Author(s): Laurent Binet
ISBN: 1-250-18168-2 / 978-1-250-18168-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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January 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The 7th Function of Language
Author(s): Laurent Binet
ISBN: 1-78470-319-2 / 978-1-78470-319-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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May 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The 7th Function of Language
Author(s): Laurent Binet
ISBN: 1-910701-59-9 / 978-1-910701-59-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Secker
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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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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
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May 2017 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The 7th Function of Language
Author(s): Laurent Binet
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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