Life Form

byAmelie NothombTranslated byAlison Anderson

February 15, 2013|
Life Form by Amelie Nothomb
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Life Form, Amélie Nothomb's nineteenth novel is a smart, singular, surreal novel about personality and philosophy, trauma and healing, solitude and human connection from one of the most widely read and beloved authors working today. 

One morning, the heroine of this book, a famous author named Amélie Nothomb, receives a letter from a fan, Melvin Mapple, an American soldier stationed in Iraq. Horrified by the endless violence around him, he takes comfort in eating. He eats and eats until his ever-growing bulk starts to suffocate him and he can barely fit into his oversized clothes. Disgusted with himself, but unable to control his eating, he labels his excess self Scheherazade as a type of coping mechanism.

Repulsed but also fascinated by Mapple's story, Nothomb begins to exchange letters with him. She opens up to Melvin about the challenges of being in the public spotlight and about her artistic processes. An epistolary friendship of sorts develops, one that delves into universal questions about human relationships. The bond between Mapple and Nothomb will undergo a sea of change when the novelist discovers bizarre facts lurking behind Mapple's complex personal story.

Life Form is a riveting and topical novel by an author who never fails both to delight and to surprise her readers.
Amélie Nothomb's books have been translated into thirty-nine languages. She is the winner of countless literary prizes, including the 2008 Grand Prix Giono. She was born in Japan of Belgian parents in 1967 and now lives in Paris. Alison Anderson's translations for Europa Editions include Muriel Barbery's bestsellerThe Elegance of the H...
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Title:Life Form
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:125 pages, 8.23 X 5.35 X 0.39 in
Shipping dimensions:125 pages, 8.23 X 5.35 X 0.39 in
Published:February 15, 2013
Publisher:Europa Editions
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781609450885

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