Semiotics meets the whodunnit in a satiric romp through parisian intellectual life from the author of hhhh. The seventh function of language is a postmodern mashup of fact fiction and philosophy laurent binets new novel starts with the death of french literary critic roland barthes and spins out a . Roland barthes the motivator of the action in the 7th function of language monty pythons flying circus the surrealist english television and film troupe famous for among other things the hysterically funny life of brian was the new wave of british comedy in the 1970s. A postmodern buddy cop novel sends up the world of semiotics image the seventh function of language by laurent binet translated by sam taylor 359 pp farrar straus giroux 27. With this playful fantasy about the death of the celebrated french critic binet delivers a second novel as engaging as his first
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