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The Seventh function of language

Roland Barthes is knocked down in a Paris street by a laundry van. It’s February 1980 and he has just come from lunch with Francois Mitterrand, a slippery politician locked in a battle for the Presidency. Barthes dies soon afterwards. History tells us it was an accident. But what if it were an assassination? What if Barthes was carrying a document of unbelievable, global importance? A document explaining the seventh function of language, an idea so powerful it gives whoever masters it the ability to convince anyone, in any situation, to do anything. Police Captain Jacques Bayard and his reluctant accomplice Simon Herzog set off on a chase that takes them from the corridors of power and academia to backstreet saunas and midnight rendezvous.

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32320004369314 F
Fiction-Adult   Maitland library . . Available .  
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ISBN 9781910701591 (paperback)
9781910701584 (hardback)
Classification Number F
Author Binet, Laurent
Title The Seventh function of language [BK]
Note First published with the title La Septième fonction du langage in France by Editions Grasset & Fasquelle in 2015.
Roland Barthes is knocked down in a Paris street by a laundry van. It’s February 1980 and he has just come from lunch with Francois Mitterrand, a slippery politician locked in a battle for the Presidency. Barthes dies soon afterwards. History tells us it was an accident. But what if it were an assassination? What if Barthes was carrying a document of unbelievable, global importance? A document explaining the seventh function of language, an idea so powerful it gives whoever masters it the ability to convince anyone, in any situation, to do anything. Police Captain Jacques Bayard and his reluctant accomplice Simon Herzog set off on a chase that takes them from the corridors of power and academia to backstreet saunas and midnight rendezvous.
Barthes, Roland
Subject Conspiracies -- Fiction
Secrecy -- Fiction
Linguistics -- Fiction
Intellectuals -- France -- Fiction
Murder -- Investigation -- France -- Fiction
Saint-Germain-des-Prés (Paris, France : Quarter) -- Intellectual life -- 20th century -- Fiction
Additional Author Taylor, Sam, 1970-
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