Of all Nothomb´s novels, Sulphuric Acid is one of my least favorites, but I still recommend it. It's about a reality show where contestants are prisoners in a sort of Nazi concentration camp where the rest of the participants serve as capos. Meanwhile, the audience decides who should be executed. It is an allegory of contemporary society.
Here, I share a dialogue and four sentences that I really liked when I read the book:
I'm studying cello.
-¿Violonchelo? That's great. Why the cello?
- Because it is the instrument that most resembles the human voice.
- "It is no coincidence that humans have names instead of registry: the name is the key to the person."
- "It would be easy to be God if evil did not exist, but then there would be no need of a God."
- "Wickedness is tolerated and created by viewers. Politicians are an emanation of the public."
- "One is always more beautiful when there is a term to designate it, when it has one word only for it. Language is less practical than aesthetic. If when wanting to talk about a rose, we did not have any word, if ever we were to say "the thing that pops in spring and smells good," the thing in question would be much less beautiful. "
The latter idea is antonym of the famous phrase from Shakespeare's Juliet:
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet "