Nothomb potently distills from the state of infancy the intensity of beginnings, the precariousness, the trailed clouds of glory...that grow indistinct as childhood approaches. (Richard Eder, The New York Times)
Witty and original. Perhaps the best yet from one of Europe's finest young writers. (Kirkus Reviews)
Belgian by nationality, Amélie Nothomb was born in Kobe, Japan, and currently lives in Paris. She is the author of eight novels, translated into fourteen languages, including most recently Fear and Trembling which won the Grand Prix of the Académie Française and the Prix Internet du Livre.