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Laurent Binet: A murder mystery meets the magical power of language

Award-winning French author Laurent Binet joins us on set to chat about his new novel, "The 7th function of language". With Roland Barthe’s death as its starting point, the book mixes detective intrigue with philosophical enquiry and pokes fun at a few famous faces in the process. Binet’s latest book follows the huge success of "HHhH", an innovative historical account which won the author France's top prize for a début novel.

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He also tells us why, as a writer, he believes that the spoken word wields a particular sort of political power.

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