- Amélie Nothomb
name = Amélie Nothomb
imagesize = 150px
birthdate = birth date and age|1967|8|13
nationality = Belgian
notableworks = Stupeur et tremblements
She was born in
Kobe, Japanto Belgian diplomats. She lived there until she was five years old, and then subsequently lived in China, New York, Bangladesh, Burma, a stint in Coventry and Laos.
She is from a distinguished
Belgianpolitical family; she is notably the grand-niece of Charles-Ferdinand Nothomb, a Belgian foreign minister (1980-1981). Her first novel, "Hygiène de l'assassin," was published in 1992. Since then, she has published approximately one novel per year with a.o. "Les Catilinaires" (1995), "Fear and Trembling" (1999) and "Métaphysique des tubes" (published in English as "The Character of Rain") (2000).
She has been awarded numerous prizes, including the 1999
Grand Prix du roman de l'Académie française; the Prix René-Fallet; and twice the Prix Alain-Fournier.
While in Japan, she attended a local school and learned Japanese. When she was five the family moved to
China. "« Quitter le Japon fut pour moi un arrachement »" (“Leaving Japan was a wrenching separation for me”) she writes in "Fear and Trembling". Nothomb moved often, and did not live in Europeuntil she was 17, when she moved to Brussels. There, she reportedly felt as much a stranger as everywhere else. She studied philologyat the Université Libre de Bruxelles. After some family tensions, she returned to Japan to work in a big Japanese company in Tokyo. Her experience of this time is told in "Fear and Trembling". She has written a romanticized biography("The Book of Proper Names") for the French female singer RoBERTin 2002 and during the period 2000-2002 she wrote the lyrics for nine tracks of the same artist. Many ideas inserted in her books come from the conversations she had with an Italian man, from late eighties and during the nineties. She used the French Minitel, while he used the Italian Videotel system, connected with the French one. They never met personally.
Unless otherwise stated, all works were originally published in French by
Éditions Albin Michel.
* [http://book.literaryawards.info/en/amelie_nothomb.html Amélie Nothomb commented bibliography]
* [http://www.albin-michel.fr/pages/news/recherche/resultat_fiche.php?code_article=88940&page=auteur Official site] at Éditions Albin Michel
* [http://www.antechrista.info/ Antéchrista] , unofficial site
* [http://www.biblioweb.org/-NOTHOMB-Amelie Amélie Nothomb] on Biblioweb
* [http://www.lire.fr/critique.asp/idC=49029/idR=218/idG=3 Criticisms of "Human Rites"] on Lire.fr
* [http://amelienothomb.cultureforum.net/ AMELIE NOTHOMB, Un plume, Un univers...] (=Amélie Nothomb, A style of writing, A world...) : a French forum, very complete, and well-documented about the author, her work, her inspiring influences, current events, etc.
* [http://membres.lycos.fr/fenrir/nothomb.htm Fan site]
* [http://web.tiscali.it/vcoletti/diario_digitale/hygiene.html Reader's comment on l'Hygiène de l'Assassin]
* [http://web.tiscali.it/vcoletti/diario_digitale/tubes.html Reader's comment on Métaphysique des Tubes]
* [http://web.tiscali.it/vcoletti/diario_digitale/combustibles.html Reader's comment on Les Combustibles]
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