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Fear and Trembling by Amélie Nothomb

Fear and Trembling - Amélie Nothomb, Adriana  Hunter

bookshelves: currently-reading, film-only, autumn-2013, belgium, japan, translation, travel, published-1999, shortstory-shortstories-novellas, tokyo

Read from November 26 to 27, 2013


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Description from IMDB: A Belgian woman looks back on her year at a Japanese corporation in Tokyo in 1990. She is Amélie, born in Japan, living there until age 5. After college graduation, she returns with a one-year contract as an interpreter. The vice president and section leader, both men, are boors, but her immediate supervisor, Ms. Mori, is beautiful and trustworthy. Amélie's downfall begins when she speaks perfect Japanese to clients. She compounds her failure by writing an excellent report for an enterprising colleague. The person she least expects to stab her in the back exposes her work. Thus begins her humiliations. What can become of her and of her relationship with Ms. Mori and with Japan?

Harsh work environment in Tokyo; in fact life in general seems to be so cold and inhuman, or is it just that I come across the wrong books. *shrug* Either way, as eye-opening as it is, this was not a cherishable story.