The Day – Review: A brainy thriller akin to ‘The Name of the Rose’

“The Seventh Function of Language” by Laurent Binet; Farrar, Straus and Giroux (368 pages, $27) Walking home on Feb. 25, 1980 after lunching with future French president François Mitterand, Roland Barthes — one of the great French intellectuals of the last century — was struck by a laundry van, sustaining serious injuries. By late March …

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