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The Seventh Function of Language

(2017)
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From the prizewinning author of HHhH comes The Seventh Function of Language, a romp through the French intelligentsia of the 20th 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, and Julia Kristeva - as well as the hapless police detective Jacques Bayard, whose new case will plunge him into the depths of literary theory. 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 Paris to the corridors of Cornell University and into the duels and orgies of the Logos Club, a secret philosophical society that dates to the era of the Roman Empire. Binet has written both a send-up and a wildly exuberant celebration of the French intellectual tradition.

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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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August 2018 : USA Paperback
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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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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 MP3 CD
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Title: The Seventh Function of Language: A Novel
Author(s): Laurent Binet
ISBN: 1-4708-6329-4 / 978-1-4708-6329-6 (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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