Windows on the World by Frederic Beigbeder
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A daring yet moving evocation of the last moments for a father and his children on top of the World Trade Centre on September 11th. 'The only way to know what took place in the restaurant on the 107th Floor of the North Tower, World Trade Center on September 11th 2001 is to invent it.' Weaving fact and fiction, empathy and dark humour, autobiography and intellect, Windows on the World dares to confront the terrifying image that has come to define our world, the image onto which we project our fears, our compassion, our anger, our incomprehension. Beigbeder is a fierce, furious, infuriating chronicler of human iniquity and human suffering Frederic Beigbeder was born in 1965 and lives in Paris. He works as a publisher, literary critic and broadcaster. NB Frederic has an acute accent on each 'e'
 

About Frederic Beigbeder

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Frederic Beigbeder is a French novelist and well-known literary critic for television, radio, and magazine. Frank Wynne is a writer and award-winning literary translator. Born in Ireland he has lived and worked in Dublin, Paris, Amsterdam, London, Buenos Aires and currently lives in San Jose, Costa Rica. He has translated more than a dozen major novels, among them the works of Michel Houellebecq, Frederic Beigbeder, Pierre Merot and the Ivorian novelist Ahmadou Kourouma. A journalist and broadcaster, he has written for the "Sunday Times," the "Independent," the "Irish Times," "Melody Maker," and "Time Out,
 
Published September 6, 2004 by Fourth Estate Ltd. 320 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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From the restaurant that once had the best views in town, 9/11 is witnessed minute by agonizing minute.

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The New York Times

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''I think I'm writing about September 11, but actually I'm writing about the 70's: the decade that spawned the W.T.C.'' The essence of the 1970's, Beigbeder suggests, was a kind of international jet-set utopianism, a melange of 007, the Concorde and the twin towers themselves.

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The Guardian

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Windows on the World by Frédéric Beigbeder, translated by Frank Wynne 378pp, Fourth Estate, £12.99 Eight pages into his new novel, Frédéric Beigbeder explains why he has written it.

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The English edition is slightly different from the French original because, Beigbeder writes in an Author's Note, when he reread the book in English, "there were, I felt, moments when it was starker and perhaps more likely to wound than I intended."

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