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The 7th Function of Language

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The 7th Function of Language

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Author: Laurent Binet
Publisher: Harvill Secker, 2017
Original French publication, 2015
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Paris, 1980. The literary critic Roland Barthes dies - struck by a laundry van - after having lunch with the presidential candidate François Mitterand. The world of letters mourns a tragic accident. But what if it wasn't an accident at all? What if Barthes was... murdered?

This madcap secret history of the French intelligentsia, stars such luminaries as Jacques Derrida, Umberto Eco, Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, and Julia Kristeva - as well as the hapless police detective Jacques Bayard, whose new case will plunge him into the depths of literary theory (starting with the French version of Roland Barthes for Dummies). Soon Bayard finds himself in search of a lost manuscript by the linguist Roman Jakobson on the mysterious "seventh function of language."


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