Happy birthday! Amélie Nothomb turns 50 today

The iconic and legendary author turns 50 on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017.

‘Fear and Trembling’ author Amélie Nothomb is celebrating her 50th birthday today. As a number of online tributes attest, she is one of the most acclaimed authors of her generation.

Popular author Amélie Nothomb has always liked to keep a bit of herself hidden from view. At 50th birthday, she remains a woman of many facets.

Nothomb, a cultural icon

Born in Kobe on August 13, 1967, Amélie Nothomb's career spans an arc over many different eras and tastes in Belgian history. Nothomb's not just a great author, she's an inspiration, an icon and a successful business woman. At this point in her career, there seems to be little Amélie hasn't done.

And we've got a feeling the next 12 months are going to be even bigger and better for Amélie Nothomb as she promises more to come. After all, she's only 50.

Happy Birthday, Amélie, you're the best!

Amélie Nothomb career in pictures

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