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The Seventh Function of Language (Pre-Recorded Audio Player)

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This is a postmodern buddy-cop novel. In 1980, literary critic Roland Barthes is killed in an accident. Yet, what if it isn't an accident? What if Barthes was killed because he held knowledge about a secret function of language that could allow the speaker to control others. This odd premise fits the setting; French intellectuals of this era were doggedly fascinated by language and its foibles. So, this madcap mystery follows these intellectuals around in an almost surreal criminal investigation. It's fun, funny, and philosophical. I can't stop thinking about it; I'm tempted to read it a second time.

— Holden



Product Details
ISBN: 9781538475997
ISBN-10: 1538475995
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Publication Date: August 1st, 2017
Language: English