Amélie Nothomb - Belgian writer

We should definitely begin with the hat. The hat is the first thing you notice about Amélie Nothomb. She has some claim to uniqueness, being a Belgian novelist whose work has been translated into 39 languages!

Amélie Nothomb

The Author

Daugher of a Belgian diplomat, Amélie Nothomb was born August 13, 1967 in Kobe and spent her childhood in Japan.
She published her first novel in 1992, Hygiène de l’Assassin (Hygiene and the Assassin), acclaimed by critics and the public. She is a prolific author as since then, she publishes a book a year. Her novels are among the top literary sales and translated in several languages.

Amelie Nothomb - Belgian writer
Amelie Nothomb - Belgian Writer

Amélie Nothomb

Her work

She received the title of Commander of the Order of the Crown and the title of Baroness bestowed upon her by King Philippe of Belgium.

Over the course of 20 years of career, Amélie Nothomb was notably awarded the Grand Prix du Roman
of the French Academy in 1999, the Grand Prix Jean Giono for lifetime achievement and Flora Prize 2007.
In 2015, she was elected member of the Royal Academy of French Language and Literature in Belgium.

“I never even dreamt of being a writer because I didn’t feel allowed. When I was a child, I was terribly ambitious, but I didn’t know at all what this great thing would become.”

Amélie Nothomb

Latest book published in English


2015. Translated by Alison Anderson.

The book

Employing wry humor and a deceptively simple style, Amélie Nothomb writes about twin abiding passions: one for champagne, and the other for a riotous friendship between her protagonist and Pétronille Fanto, a woman who refuses to drink alone. This is a funny, moving, “exotic” novel about travel, France, Champagne, and, above all, about women’s friendship. The on-again/off-again friendship between Petronille and the main character in the book, a writer by the name of Amélie Nothomb, gives the story it verve and the novel its heart. Delightful and witty, Pétronille is further proof of Nothomb’s versatility and brilliance.

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Latest books published in French

Frappe-toi le coeur

September 2017. Editions Albin Michel

The book

“Frappe-toi le coeur, c’est là qu’est le génie”. Alfred de Musset. The main topic of this 26th book of Amélie Nothomb is jealousy.

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