Books by Michel Houellebecq

Michel Houellebecq pronounced «Wellbeck») was born on the 26th of February, 1958, on the French island of Reunion. His father, a mountain guide, and his mother, an anesthesiologist, soon lost all interest in his existence. A half-sister was born four yea


THE MAP AND THE TERRITORY by Michel Houellebecq
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"Very smart, very moving and occasionally very funny."
A revelation for all who follow the controversial French novelist, whether they love or loathe him. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 11, 2011

"The arguments are often engaging, but the narrative could have used more editing for an American audience—will appeal mostly to academics and dedicated readers of philosophy."
A dialogue between two acclaimed French writers, originally published in France. Read full book review >
THE POSSIBILITY OF AN ISLAND by Michel Houellebecq
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 26, 2006

"A verbose novel of crushing ideas, ostentatious carnality and deep misanthropy that fail to connect."
Provocative French novelist Houellebecq (Platform, 2003, etc.) extends his social critique to embrace cult religions, aging, cloning and the apocalypse. Read full book review >
PLATFORM by Michel Houellebecq
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2003

"Posturing, silly, sophomoric—though the glib Houellebecq is good at trying to make you think otherwise."
From the famous, or infamous, Houellebecq (The Elementary Particles, 2000): a pale imitation of himself at his scandalous and probing best. Read full book review >
THE ELEMENTARY PARTICLES by Michel Houellebecq
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 2000

"Much of the time clumsy, but fiercely interesting."
Houellebecq, who writes in French and lives in Dublin, offers a second try (after Whatever, 1999) that's said to be a hit abroad. Often pretentious—or flat-footed—it nevertheless holds the reader solidly with its guess about mankind's biological future. Read full book review >
WHATEVER by Michel Houellebecq
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 1999

Another highly regarded (and prizewinning) French novel, this 1995 confection delineates the ennui-laden adventures of its unnamed narrator, a disaffected computer expert sent with a colleague from Paris to the provinces, to instruct civil servants in the use of new technology. Read full book review >