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(June 17, 2008)  A mention of Victor Hugo’s Conversations with the Spirit World by rising 28-year-old Brit rock star Natasha Khan in an interview in the Manchester Guardian for Monday, June 16, sent sales of the book soaring on AMAZON.COM.UK (and probably in bookstores). 

Victor Hugo’s Conversations was briefly # 1 Bestseller in the categories of Clairvoyance & Precognition, Spiritualism, and Nineteenth Century Literature.

A multi-media performer who works under the name of Bat For Lashes, Natasha Khan was born in Brighton, England, in 1979, and spent parts of her childhood in Pakistan.  She rocketed to fame in 2006 with the album Fur and Gold. In 2007, Khan appeared at the Glastonbury Festival and toured the U.S.  On 17 July, Fur and Gold was announced as one of the albums nominated for the 2007 Mercury Prize. Bat For Lashes was one of the nominees for 'Best British breakthrough act' and 'Best British Female' at the Brit Awards 2008.

Interviewing Khan in her home, Guardian journalist Maddy Costa writes that during a difficult time in the rock star’s life, “Books pulled her through. She has a pile beside her as we talk: Heroes and Villains, by Angela Carter; We: Understanding the Psychology of Romantic Love, by the Jungian analyst Robert Johnson; a biography entitled Victor Hugo's Conversations with the Spirit World, about which she is particularly enthused. The French novelist spent three years in exile in Jersey, during which he communed with the spirits of the ocean, rocks, animals, Galileo, Jesus, you name it.”

Costa reports that, “The book has tapped into Khan's own beliefs about ‘the connectedness of all things. It strikes me [Khan] over and over again how physics and love and creativity and physical birth are all the same thing.’"

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