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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 ...more
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Published November 1st 2004 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 1999)
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Amira Mahmoud


آميلي نوثومب من الأقلام النسائية التي أقدرها كثيرًا واقرأ أعمالها بشغف
ابدأ كل رواية لها وأنا على يقين أنها ستمنحني متعة لا حد لها بأفكارها غريبة الأطوار، والتي ربما لا يتطرق لها أحد من الكُتاب أبدًا ولا يمكن أن تخطر على باله قط
لا أعلم أيةً شياطين توحي لنوثومب بتلك الأفكار!

هنا تتحدث عن العبودية
ولكن عبودية من نوع آخر مختلف لا يكاد المرء يلاحظ أنه يقع تحت براثنها
حتى أنه يتقبلها راضيًا بلا نفور
ويتعامل مع كل ما يسؤوه منها بعقلية عملية بحتة دون النظر إلى كرامة أو كبرياء أو أي شيء من ذلك
عبودية العمل
عب
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Rowena
*3.5 stars*


I must say, I was really surprised by this book. I work for a Japanese company here in Vancouver and I have noticed that my Japanese co-workers have to adhere to different standards and rules from the rest of us (we don’t question it, what can you do?). It’s been interesting working there because half of my co-workers are Japanese, the other half aren’t. We’ve had to adapt to each other’s cultures and I think we do so quite well. It does feel like we’re split into two camps and I ha
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Manny
Apr 06, 2009 Manny rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Manny by: Yukie Nakao
My Japanese friend Yukie said I had to read this if I wanted to understand how a Japanese job worked. And indeed I do feel I have a great deal more insight into it!

Rule number 1: NEVER take initiative for anything you're not supposed to take initiative for. The heroine finds this out the hard way. She's just started working for this Japanese company. She speaks fluent Japanese, French and English, so of course, like any Westerner, she's looking for an opportunity to impress her new bosses. A col
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Kasia
My Japanese friend, 30-ish, former competitive cross-country skier*, now a sushi-man working in Poland, moved all the way from the other side of the world to Warsaw, just to make sushi for local yuppies. Can you imagine? In order to escape Tokio's corporate nightmare, he swapped continents, traded cultures, left his family behind and moved to this obscure little country called Poland. I mean I like it here, but it's not the most foreigner friendly place. Especially not if you are a slender Japan ...more
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
If this were published during the second world war, Amelie Nothomb would have been kidnapped and executed by the Japanese.

For reasons I didn't care to research and find out Nothomb, although Belgian by nationality and currently living in Paris, was born in Kobe, Japan. This book is based on her true experiences as a lowly employee in a big Japanese company for one whole year.

She had a layer of bosses, all Japanese. Her immediate superior, Miss Mori, was beautiful but petty, malicious, neurotic a
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Fatema Hassan , bahrain



( في اليابان الوجود هو - الشركة - )

ببساطة نطق هذه الجملة أرست لنا إميلي نوثومب أركان وجودها ، آلهته وشياطينه و قرابينه ، معبوديه و عبيده، وكأنما أوصدت العالم الحقيقي يوم تعيينها في شركة يوميموتو اليابانية و نصّبتها وجود أصغر حتى وقت انتهاء عقدها مع الشركة ، لتقدم استقالتها بفارق أيام منه ، لا لشيء ، فقط لأنها قادرة على إثبات وجهة نظر ما لنفسها! القهر الوظيفي لم ينل من عزيمتها من نشر أطروحتها الشخصية هذه عما يدور في كواليس المهن اليابانية بتنظيمها و دقتها وفعاليتها و نجاحها، و قلمها الذي تعبر به
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James
I had mixed expectations when approaching Belgium's enfant terrible, Amélie Nothomb having heard plenty of praise and criticism in equal measure. So it was with fear and trembling I approached Nothomb's Prix du roman de l'Académie française winning novel Fear and Trembling, aware of the author's reputation as a quirky, hip and contemporary writer. Little did I know that the novel, itself highly autobiographical, charting the struggles of a Belgian worker, Amélie, within the various rigidities of ...more
Mariel
Feb 14, 2015 Mariel rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: snow storms
Recommended to Mariel by: you look nothing like David Bowie
Ancient Japanese protocol stipulated that the Empreror be addressed with "fear and trembling". I've always loved the expression, which so perfectly describes the way actors in Samurai films speak to their leader, their voices tremulous with almost superhuman reverence.


I would have fired Amélie. There's a judge and gavel going "Next!" That she should absolutely have been fired made me not care too much about her story. Work place nonsense beating the day dreams out of you with Alice in Wonderland
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Synesthésia
The only problem with criticising S&T is the question of where to start? Perhaps with the author herself. It takes a certain kind of individual to be so ludicrously self-absorbed that they put themselves on the cover of near every book that they publish, proceeding to write a book about themselves on a near yearly basis. One can understand the reasoning behind this, if, perhaps, the author were someone improbably interesting. But alas no; she is a self-promoting, mousy, emotional masochist f ...more
Nahed.E
القراءة الأولي لإيميلي نوثومب
يا إلهي ! ما هذه الكاتبة ؟
يذكرني جنونها بجنون بول أوستر في كتاباته
وكأنها بطلة رواية ( في بلاد الأشياء الأخيرة ) ولكن في رواية أخري !
ما لفت انتباهي الانسيابية العجيبة في الجمل الحوارية وحديثها عن نفسها ومع نفسها
وكيفية وصف الأحداث والأشخاص وكأنك معهم في الغرفة تحدثهم وتسمعهم وتؤنبهم وتنتظر بلهفة الصفحة التالية لتعرف مصيرها في هذا العالم الغريب الذي
ربما رأيته من قبل في مئآت الأفلام الأجنبية ، ولكنك تقرأه هنا وكأنك تعرفه لأول مرة

الجميل في الأمر أيضاً التفاصيل العجيبة الت
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Sandra
Amelie Nothomb non mi delude mai

Era un pò di tempo che non leggevo la Nothomb e posso dire di aver fatto bene a riprenderla. Ora mi è venuta voglia di leggere qualcosa di altro, tanto mi piace.
Il suo stile è così incisivo, per niente prolisso, poche parole ma quelle giuste, quelle che servono.
In questo libro narra il suo anno di lavoro in una grande azienda giapponese. Il Giappone che emerge dal racconto è un paese dove la donna vive in una condizione di "infelicità" fin dalla nascita -bellissim
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Elida Karaivanova
Двоумях се колко звезди да дам - реших накрая да са 5 поради изцяло лични причини, въпреки че може би книгата за някой, незаинтересован от Изтока, не би била интересна.

Написана с много чувство за хумор, не оставя съмнение, че именно това качество на героинята ѝ е помогнало да мине през всичко описано, дори част от него да е измислица. Въпреки че лично според мен сблъсъкът на двете култури е дори по-трагичен и наистина до известна степен комичен.

Несъмнено ще прочета и други нейни произведения, н
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Simon
Hahahaha - aren't Japanese people strange and weird and their culture is so crazy!!!

I didn't enjoy this book. I take issue with anyone portraying Japan as some out-there foreign country. Having spent a short period of my life living in Japan (a fraction longer than Nothomb did in the book) and I'm the first to acknowledge that it's very different but books like this just add to the misconception that it's some sort of society gone mad. It seems to be one of the last countries where it is accepta
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William
There is one crucial reproach which must be made to this book, and it is not a literary one. There is a Japan which has been invented in the West, which probably has a distant relation to the real Japan, which ontologically speaking, is not the same thing. This western (or foreign) view of Japan is made of a certain number of clichés, and one of the most pregnant clusters of clichés is the one related to the workplace.

In the early 1990s, Japan was at the height of the bubble, and their corporat
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Emir Never
Barely five pages deep into Amélie Nothomb’s Fear and Trembling: A Novel (Paperback) and I had to laugh.

I can’t remember having done this before with other novels I’ve read, partly because I dig ‘lonely’ books. The laughing and chuckling and smiling, punctuated with disbelieving head movements, weren't limited to the first few pages—Nothomb’s humor has infected the pages throughout the book and for once I felt something akin to love for the protagonist and the perpetrator of this comic masterpie
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Wael Mahmoud
أجمل ما في الرواية هو إسمها والذي يشير إلى الحالة التي يجب ان يكون المتحدث للإمبراطور عليها في حضرته وذلك وفقاً للبروتوكولات الإمبراطورية اليابانية.

الرواية بسيطة للغاية ولكنها ممتعة وبعض فقراتها ممتاز. نوتومب روائية مسلية ولكن لم تصل في رأيي لمستوى الكتاب الروائين المبدعين وذلك بعد قراءة روايتين لها.
Esraa
~ ذهولٌ ورِعدةٌ
الإسمـ غير مشوق بالمره ولكنه مُعبر جداً
ويكاد يكون هو الأنسب للمحتوي..
تختلف آميلي نوثومب عن غيرها من الكُتاب في سرد
سيراتها الذاتية.
فَـ
في البداية يجب أن نُشير إلي إنها حُولت لِفيلم سينمائي
عام2002.
بطلة الرواية
- إميلى - صَن ...
شابة أنهت دراستها الجامعية، ولكونها عاشت في اليابان
وإتقانها لِلغة اليابانية فلقد حصلت
علي عقد عمل لمدة عام في شركة تجارية
لتجد أنها لم تكن تعرف أى شيء عن هذة البيئة
التى كانت تظن أنها تعرفها تمام المعرفة.
-شابة تتطلّع إلي النجاح. لكن الحظ لم يُحالفها!
سعيها نحو النج
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Lady K
J’ai vraiment adoré. Je l’ai dévoré en une journée (bon quand on regarde le nombre de page, ce n’est pas un exploit, mais c’est pour dire que je ne l’ai pas lâché !). C’est le premier roman de cette auteure que je lis, et je ne suis vraiment pas déçue ! Pour vous dire, je crois que je n’ai pas de point négatif à dire. Sauf que c’est court et écrit vraiment gros !

J’ai beaucoup aimé l’humour omniprésent dans ce livre. Amélie Nothomb n’arrête pas, et elle fait mouche à chaque ligne ! Elle nous perm
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Liliana
Mientras leía, me preguntaba ¿cómo es que una historia sobre "acoso laboral" puede resultar tan interesante? La historia se sitúa en la empresa Yumimoto, entre aburridas oficinas y actividades cotidianas tediosas, donde Amelie Nothomb se supone trabajo durante un año antes de ponerse a escribir. Pienso en este historia como una especie de vía crucis, en donde la protagonista se sacrifica y aguanta para demostrar su "valor" ante alguien que no le importa. Aunque las situaciones que vive son extre ...more
Elisa
Non mi restava altro che incollare la fronte al vetro e gettarmi dalla finestra. Sono la sola persona al mondo alla quale sia capitato un simile miracolo: è la defenestrazione che mi ha cambiato la vita. Brandelli del mio corpo devono essere ancora oggi sparsi per tutta la città.

Finché esisteranno finestre, l'essere umano più umile della terra avrà la sua libertà.


Balzac descriveva la pensione Vauquer come una piccola rappresentazione dell'intera società parigina. Amélie Nothomb cambia i termini
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سلطان
هي المرة الأولى التي أقرأ فيها عملاً لهذه الأديبة البلجيكية التي تحى اعمالها بسمعة طيبة في الخارح.
الرواية مكتوبة بذكاء، فهي جزء من السير الذاتية للمؤلفة، ومارست الكاتبة خلالها أسلوباً ساخراً يبدأ بسخريتها من نفسها، دون النزول إلى مستوى التهريج أو السخف.
أحداث الرواية تدور حول تجربةالكاتبة في العمل في شركة يابانية، وتصطدم بمديرتها اليابانية غريبة الأطوار!
رواية جميل وممتعة وخفيفة، ولغة الكاتبة فيها رشيقة. أما الترجمة فهي رائعة.
أنصح بقراءتها
Roberto
Amélie Nothomb, seguendo il padre ambasciatore, ha viaggiato il mondo fin da piccola. Belga, nata a Kobe, ha vissuto in Giappone, in Cina e in Bangladesh e ha frequentato scuole negli Stati Uniti e in Europa.

In questo libro ci racconta un anno della sua esperienza lavorativa presso la grande multinazionale Yumimoto. Per lei riuscire a lavorare per una società giapponese è un sogno, perché immagina di portare il suo contributo a persone motivate, brillanti e capaci. Le cose vanno però un pochino
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Trin
My reaction to this book probably says more about me than it does about the book itself. While I at times found Nothomb’s prose witty and the story in general to be consistently fast-paced and breezily written, the events it depicts frustrated me beyond belief. This autobiographical novel is about the horrible abuse Amélie suffers at a Japanese company where she’s originally hired as a translator and eventually demoted to bathroom attendant. You know how some people have an embarrassment squick, ...more
Quarantadue Larisposta
I datori di lavoro: quelli insicuri, quelli perversi, quelli inadeguati e quelli imbecilli. Così, semplicemente. Una puntata sul "mal di capo", quando la letteratura ci fa sorridere del sadismo quotidiano.

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Hemdan Ahmed
لا ادري اذا كانت سيرة ذاتية ام رواية في صورة سيرة ذاتية ،و اذا كانت ادبا يابانيا ام انها ادب غربي عن حياة يابانية ؛؛
نقد لاذع و شديد و فكاهي في احيان للحياة اليابانية و من خلال وصفي لتواجد موظفة غربية يابانية داخل احدى الشركات اليابانية العملاقة ،قد يبدو هذا النقد مبالغا فيه بالنسبة لنا حيث تمثل اليابان و اليابانيين بالنسبة لنا نموذجا مثاليا نتمنى ان نصبح نصفه يوما ما ،و لكن في السنوات الماضية حضرت ندوة لاحد اساتذة الجامعات المصرية و الذي يعمل في اليابان منذ اكثر من خمس سنوات مضت ،تحدث فيها عن حي
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Salam Ch
finally experienced the Nothomb sensation!!! :-)
till the half of the book it was ordinary nothing outstanding the big fat serpent started hissing and the legendary Nothomb was about to fall from my reading Eden suddenly with a spectacular mind blowing madness scene humbly she invited me to the great Nothombic realm of wisdom and unique philosophy yet so simple and funny, effortlessly connected with her till the end of book still struggling to disconnect!!
so thankful to my friends Hoda and Isabel
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طاهر الزهراني

تأتي قراءة هذه الرواية بعد قراءة رائعتها "بيوغرافيا الجوع" طبعا لابد أن نعي أن ما تكتبها آميلي من قبيل "التخييل السردي" أو لنقل السيرة الروائية أو أي تسمية أخرى، طبعا في الغرب تجاوزوا هذه الانشغالات بالتصنيف.. لا علينا
آميلي تقرر أن تعمل في اليابان ويحدث هذا، لكن الأمر الغريب أنها لا ترتقي في وظيفتها بل تتردى وتنحدر إلى أن تصبح عاملة تنظف المراحيض، وأتوقع أن هذا الجزء من الرواية أي بعد المئة نشعر أننا أمام تجربة شيقة جديرة بالتأمل والغور في العمق أكثر بكثير من الأحداث التي مرت بنا في البداية.
حيث
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Mickeynana
Aug 30, 2009 Mickeynana added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Marlene
Recommended to Mickeynana by: Anette
One of my book club selections, this very small book ended up creating a solid two hours of discussion, thanks in large part to the book club member who chose it. Rather than discuss obvious questions....she pulled about a dozen "themes" from the book, like LOVE, DUTY, HONOR, EGO, etc and used those as a jumping off point for relating our experiences. Very compelling and very entertaining.
رباب كساب
ذهول ورعدة
اسم تعجبته لكني ما إن وصلت لتلك النقطة التي اختارته الكاتبة ليكون اسما لروايتها الذاتية حييتها في سري
آميلي نوتومب كاتبة أقل ما توصف بأنها رائعة غزيرة الثقافة من كثير استشهادات ووصف خاص بأبطال روايات أو قصائد أرهقت المترجم ليبين مقصدها في الحواشي الخاصة بالرواية
لديها إيقاع سريع تتحكم في بطئه وقتما تريد وحسبما يقتضي منها الأمر لتصل بك لإحساس ضئيل بالملل
تدخلك عالم اليابان من أبشع صوره وهو المجتمع الذي نظنه كما كتبت المحظوظ لتقول لك أفق هم ليسوا كذلك وارتفاع معدلات الانتحار فيه لأنهم أناس
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Ginny_1807
La giovane Amélie fa il suo ingresso nel mondo del lavoro alle dipendenze di una prestigiosissima azienda giapponese, ma ben presto vede infrangersi le sue ingenue aspettative e speranze di affermazione contro un muro di incomprensioni, rivalità, umiliazioni e soprusi.
Il racconto è certamente romanzato e, per così dire, esasperato dal tono ironico e irriverente che caratterizza questa scrittrice, tuttavia in certe situazioni può riconoscersi chiunque al suo primo impiego abbia dovuto confrontar
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Amélie Nothomb was born in Kobe, Japan to Belgian diplomats. She lived there until she was five years old, and then subsequently lived in China, New York, Bangladesh, Burma, a stint in Coventry and Laos.

She is from a distinguished Belgian political family; she is notably the grand-niece of Charles-Ferdinand Nothomb, a Belgian foreign minister (1980-1981). Her first novel, Hygiène de l'assassin, wa
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“Honor sometimes means doing something very unwise. Behaving like an idiot is better than dishonor. To this day I blush for having chosen sensible restraint over common decency.” 9 likes
“Society conspires against her from early infancy. Her brain is steadily filled with plaster until it sets: ‘If you’re not married by the time you’re twenty-five, you’ll have good reason to be ashamed’; ‘if you laugh, you won’t look dignified’ ; ‘if your face betrays your feelings, you’ll look coarse’; ‘if you mention the existence of a single body hair, you’re repulsive’ ; ‘if a boy kisses you on the cheek in public, you’re a whore’; if you enjoy eating, you’re a pig’; ‘if you take pleasure in sleeping, you’re no better than a cow’; and so on.

These precepts would be merely anecdotal if they weren’t taken so much to heart.”
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