Laurent Binet is an author and professor of literature in France. His first novel, HHhH (Vintage), was an international bestseller which won the prestigious Prix Goncourt du premier roman, among other prizes. His second novel, The 7th Function of Language (Harvill Secker), is an electrifying thriller that opens with Roland Barthes being hit by a laundry van in a busy Paris street. History tells us it was an accident, but what if it wasn’t?
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