The Character of Rain
When a baby is born in Japan it is considered sacred, the king and god of the household. When Baby-God Amélie is born she chooses to remain in that primordial state which demands only the basic facilities of a digestive tube, an inert and vegetative tunnel. Yet at the age of two and a half, a vital experience transforms her existence: the taste of a bar of white chocolate. Baby-God then sets off in search of the world, languages, water, seasons and heavenly gardens. But her idyllic world will change drastically when she comes face to face with the dreaded carp pool. The bestselling Métaphysique des tubes was shortlisted for the Prix Goncourt, the Prix Interallié, and the Prix Goncourt des lycéens.
Amélie Nothomb : Amélie Nothomb is an international best-selling author and has been translated into 26 languages. Of her eleven previous novels, five have been translated into English: The Stranger Next Door (Henry Holt), Loving Sabotage (New Directions), winner of the “Grand Prix de l’Académie Française” Fear and Trembling, (St. Martin’s), The Character of Rain, (St. Martin’s), and The Book of Proper Names (forthcoming from St. Martin’s). She was born in Kobe, Japan and has lived in Bangladesh, Burma, Laos, New York and China; she currently resides in Paris and Brussels.