The Seventh Function of Language is an avant garde novel written by Laurent Binet. The novel is about the death of a generational genius, Roland Barthes. Although his death appears to just be a freak collision with a laundry van, but the investigation reveals more layers than pure accident. The detective, Jacques Bayard, enlists the help of Simon Herzog, a student at the University of Paris. Those two and the conspiracy theories that surround Barthes’ death provide the center of the entire novel.
- Roland Barthes, is one of the greatest authors to come out of France
- The author tried to create an alternative world in which Barthes was murdered.
- That false murder is key to the story and allows the reader to go down a rabbit hole of absurdity.
“Binet reaches back to the foundations of the modern novel — what is the Quixote if not an absurdist plot making a deadly serious point? — while showing that the old poststructuralist dog still possesses a lot of new tricks.”