Windows on the World (novel)

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Cover of the U.S. release of the novel.

Windows on the World a novel written by Frédéric Beigbeder was first published in France in 2003. The English translation by Frank Wynne was released March 30, 2005 by Miramax Books.

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The novel alternates between two voices: the first Carthew Yorsten, a Texan realtor accompanied by his two sons (ages 7 and 9) who are having a tourist-style breakfast at Windows on the World restaurant on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center on the morning of the September 11 attacks; the second, the voice of the author writing the story while having breakfast at a restaurant atop a Paris skyscraper (Tour Montparnasse). Each chapter, averaging three pages a piece, represents one minute from 8.30 am - just before the time the building is hit at 8:46am - to 10.29, just after its collapse at 10:28am.


The novel debuted at No 2 on the French best seller list and won the prestigious Prix Interallié in 2003.

It won the 2005 Independent Prize for Foreign Fiction awarded by the British newspaper. [1]

Independent literary editor and judge Boyd Tonkin said: "Frederic Beigbeder's winning novel pulls off the impossible - it creates fiction about the tragedy of 11 September and our responses to it," [1]

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  1. ^ a b "Fiction prize won by 9/11 novel", Wednesday, 27 April, 2005.

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