Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Fear and Trembling: A Novel by Amelie…

Fear and Trembling: A Novel (original 1999; edition 2002)

by Amelie Nothomb, Adriana Hunter (Translator)

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
1,742534,053 (3.64)103
Title:Fear and Trembling: A Novel
Authors:Amelie Nothomb
Other authors:Adriana Hunter (Translator)
Info:St. Martin's Griffin (2002), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 144 pages

Work details

Fear and Trembling by Amélie Nothomb (1999)

  1. 10
    Hell by Yasutaka Tsutsui (SqueakyChu)
    SqueakyChu: Satire of certain aspects of the Japanese psyche. In addition, a fun read!

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 103 mentions

English (35)  French (5)  Spanish (4)  Dutch (4)  Catalan (2)  Russian (1)  German (1)  Italian (1)  Finnish (1)  All languages (54)
Showing 1-5 of 35 (next | show all)
A book about dreaming of another life but something that doesn't really turns out the way you expected. The heroïne gets to work in Japan but have a hard time in getting accepted at the office. Terror described beautifully. ( )
  casparia | Sep 13, 2014 |
This book has such a simple premise but happens to contain so much thought behind culture. I enjoy Amelie Nothomb, her writing has a certain dark comic side that I find fits perfect with my taste. This book is her most acclaimed with the awards it won, but I enjoyed "The Stranger Next Door" quite a bit more than this book. Perhaps because this contained more of an upfront cultural debate and the other contained more mystery. What I will be taking from this... I do like this Author very much and will be seeking out more of her work to read. ( )
  yougotamber | Aug 22, 2014 |
Brilliant, mesmerizing, laugh-out-loud funny, insightful, I recommend reading Fear and Trembling-like other Am̩lie Nothomb books--in a single sitting. This one begins with the narrator describing her position as a Westerner in the hierarchy of a Japanese corporation (she's at the bottom) and ends with her going through the different people in the hierarchy to resign her position at the end of the year. In between it chronicles her relationships to her superiors in hilarious black comic manner, often spinning out extensive monologues of what she would say to them if she didn't have any self restraint. In the course of it, you get an interesting window into Japanese corporate culture, hierarchy, attitudes towards women, and the concepts around "saving face".

Much of the book centers around the narrator being held back by her immediate boss, a 29 year-old woman who is jealous that this new entrant might be promoted much more quickly than she had been. As a result the narrator's brief attempt to escape into more interesting work is squelched with her denunciation by her immediate boss and leads to a set of cruel consequences for the people around her. Although some of the figures are stereotypes (including the obligatory for a Nothomb novella grossly obese, warped character), they vary and present a rich variety of how people cope with the stresses of operating in hierarchies with life tenure.
  nosajeel | Jun 21, 2014 |
bookshelves: currently-reading, film-only, autumn-2013, belgium, japan, translation, travel, published-1999, shortstory-shortstories-novellas, tokyo
Read from November 26 to 27, 2013

photo 689211_zps61542034.gif

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. ( )
  mimal | Jan 1, 2014 |
Made me feel better about the cultural difficulties I was having as an American living in France. Really enjoyed it. ( )
  Snukes | Jun 14, 2013 |
Showing 1-5 of 35 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
Mister Haneda was senior to Mister Omochi, who was senior to Mister Saito, who was senior to Miss Mori, who was senior to me.
Monsieur Haneda était le supérieur de monsieur Omochi, qui était le supérieur de monsieur Saito, qui était le supérieur de mademoiselle Mori, qui était ma supérieure.
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Original title: Stupeur et tremblements
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Information from the Catalan Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (3)

Book description
Nuori, akateemisesti koulutettu belgialainen Amélie on saanut työpaikan suuryrityksestä Japanissa, lapsuutensa idyllissä. Hän hallitsee täydellisesti japanin kielen, mutta kulttuurien kuilu on ylittämätön. Väärinkäsitykset takaavat, että ura on jyrkästi laskujohteinen.
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312288573, Paperback)

According to ancient Japanese protocol, foreigners deigning to approach the emperor did so only with fear and trembling. Terror and self-abasement conveyed respect. Amélie, our well-intentioned and eager young Western heroine, goes to Japan to spend a year working at the Yumimoto Corporation. Returning to the land where she was born is the fulfillment of a dream for Amélie; working there turns into comic nightmare.

Alternately disturbing and hilarious, unbelievable and shatteringly convincing, Fear and Trembling will keep readers clutching tight to the pages of this taut little novel, caught up in the throes of fear, trembling, and, ultimately, delight.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:17:50 -0400)

(see all 4 descriptions)

A novel set in contemporary Japan depicting Japanese corporate culture and the sexism and racism that exist in Japanese society.

(summary from another edition)

» see all 3 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
10 avail.
82 wanted
4 pay1 pay

Popular covers


Average: (3.64)
1 9
1.5 1
2 48
2.5 21
3 140
3.5 45
4 190
4.5 28
5 99

Voland Edizioni

2 editions of this book were published by Voland Edizioni.

Editions: 8886586728, 8886586957

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 96,158,322 books! | Top bar: Always visible