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The Book of Proper Names by Amelie Nothomb is a brilliantly succinct story of haunted adolescence and lost mothers, from France's 'literary lioness' (Elle).
Belgian by nationality, Am lie Nothomb was born in Kobe, Japan, and currently lives in Paris. Described by Time Magazine as 'prolific and ingenious', she is the best-selling author of thirteen novels, translated into thirty languages. Fear and Trembling won the Grand Prix of the Acad mie Fran aise and the Prix Internet du Livre. The Book of Proper Names was originally published in France, as Robert Des Noms Propres, where it has sold over 250,000 copies.