Tokyo Fiancée

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Tokyo Fiancée
First edition
Author Amélie Nothomb
Original titleNi d'Ève ni d'Adam
TranslatorAlison Anderson
Country Belgium
Language French
Genre Novel
Publisher Albin Michel
Publication date
ISBN 978-2-226-17964-7

Tokyo Fiancée (French : Ni d'Ève ni d'Adam "Neither Eve nor Adam") is an autobiographical novel by the Belgian writer Amélie Nothomb. It appeared on 20 August 2007 published by Éditions Albin Michel. A film adaptation was released in 2014.


The novel is partially concurrent with Nothomb's earlier novel, Fear and Trembling . [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]


Emilie, a Belgian girl born in Japan, returns to her childhood home of Tokyo and dreams of living there. Emilie believes that the most effective way to learn Japanese is to teach French, so she meets Rinori, a sophomore studying French. The two become friends and lovers as they go from teacher to student.[ citation needed ]

The couple experience cultural differences. Emily likes to taste Japanese food, while Rinori likes Western food. He prepares Japanese food for Emily, but does not eat it himself. The Japanese things that Emily admires are of no interest to Rinori. Rinori takes Emily back to her memories of Japan. Emily's Japanese improves rapidly thanks to Rinori, and so does Rinori's French.[ citation needed ]


The novel was nominated for the Prix Goncourt in 2007 and the Prix Renaudot 2007. It won Prix de Flore in 2007.



Tokyo Fiancé was adapted to the cinema in 2015 by Stefan Liberski. Amélie is played by the Belgian actress Pauline Étienne.

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