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Published: 04/08/2022
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**AS HEARD ON BBC RADIO 4**

An interpreter has come to The Hague to escape New York and work at the International Court. A woman of many languages and identities, she is looking for a place to finally call home.

She's drawn into simmering personal dramas. Her lover, Adriaan, is separated from his wife but still entangled in his marriage.

Her friend Jana witnesses a seemingly random act of violence, a crime the interpreter becomes increasingly obsessed with as she befriends the victim's sister.

And she's pulled into an explosive political controversy when she's asked to interpret for a former president accused of war crimes.

She is soon pushed to the precipice, where betrayal and heartbreak threaten to overwhelm her, forcing her to decide what she wants from her life.

One of Barack Obama's Favourite 2021 Reads
A New York Times Top 10 Book of 2021

'One of my favourite novels of the past few years' Caleb Azumah Nelson

'Captivating' Elif Shafak

'Charged with tension and power' Avni Doshi

'Simply stunning' Brandon Taylor

'Gorgeous' Raven Leilani

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781529112078
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 171 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 16 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Intimacies is a novel about the ruthlessness of power, the check of virtue, and the purportedly neutral bureaucracy meant to mediate between them. Katie Kitamura is among the most brilliant and profound writers at work today; she reminds me how high the moral stakes of fiction can be. - Garth Greenwell

The thrill of Intimacies is in the taut precision of its language, which rings and hums off the page. It's forensic and inquiring, but also bright and alive. You forget to breathe while reading it, and feel with each crafted sentence, each building thought, that you're in the company of a magnificent writer. - Samantha Harvey

Katie Kitamura writes about being an outsider like no other author. Quiet moments are charged with tension and power. In short, the book is remarkable - beautifully written and intelligent. - Avni Doshi

Intimacies is a perfect novel-taut and seductive. Kitamura has made the existential thriller all her own, and she effortlessly negotiates the personal and the geopolitical with a complex moral nuance. Simply stunning. - Brandon Taylor

Katie Kitamura's Intimacies - she's an incredible writer. It's fiction and a really beautiful exploration of how we can live everyday life while complete horrors and atrocities are happening in the world - how both things coexist. - Natalie Portman, Vogue

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“A quietly powerful novel set in the International Criminal Court which explores language and communication”

One of Barrack Obama’s 2021 Summer picks – and given its subject matter that implies a real authenticity to the novel which in my view is more than matched by the power of its writing.

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“Katie Kitamura - Intimacies”

The narrator leaves busy New York after her father’s death for The Hague where she is to work as an interpreter at the International Court of Justice. She befriends Jana whom she had already met in London and who has... More

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“Sublime”

Set in The Hague 'Intimacies' by Katie Kitamura (Penguin Random House, 2021) is a novel about trying to find your place in the world, whether that be a physical place or with a particular person.... More

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