The Winter Journey (novel)

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The Winter Journey
Author Amélie Nothomb
Original title Le Voyage d'Hiver
Country Belgium
Language French
Genre Novel
Publication date
Pages 120
ISBN 978-2-226-18844-1
Preceded by The Prince's Act
Followed by Life Form

The Winter Journey (French: Le Voyage d'Hiver) is the 18th novel by the Belgian writer Amélie Nothomb. It appeared on 20 August 2009 published by Éditions Albin Michel.


In spite of Zoïle's attempts to get rid of the presence of autistic novelist Aliénor Malèze from Astrolabe’s life, his agent and protector, so as to fully live his love for her, the result is a sentimental failure . Zoïle, desperate, drifts into an act of aerial terrorism, by hijacking a Roissy airplane armed with a glass shard from a broken bottle, he wants to crash the plane on the Eiffel Tower....[1]

The title refers to Franz Schubert's lied Winterreise: in the novel, Zoïle thinks about this song cycle to forget about his fear during the terrorist act.