Search Results: "Michel Houellebecq"


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WHATEVER by Michel Houellebecq
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 1999

"So is Houellebecq's (really tedious) first novel."
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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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SUBMISSION by Michel Houellebecq
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"True, it won't make ISIS's holiday reading list, and it will offend cultural-relativist pieties. Still, though clunky and obvious, it's well worth reading as a modern work of littérature engagée."
The controversial pan-European bestseller arrives in English. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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MICHEL FOUCAULT by Didier Eribon
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Superbly written and carefully documented: Eribon has managed to provide a scholarly exegesis of Foucault that will also serve as a good introduction for the lay reader."
A meticulous and authoritative biography of the influential French philosopher and historian, by an editor at Le Nouvel Observateur who was closely acquainted with Foucault during his later years. Read full book review >

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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 >

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GHOSTS OF SAINT-MICHEL by Jake Lamar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2006

"Lamar (Rendezvous Eighteenth, 2003, etc.) writes of Paris with charm and authority, but his storytelling tends to waver."
Hugger-muggery and some heavy breathing among the African American ex-pats in Paris's lively 18th Arrondissement. Read full book review >

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THE PASSION OF MICHEL FOUCAULT by James Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 11, 1993

"A riveting portrait marred only by occasional lapses into redundancy, and likely to spur even greater interest—both within and outside the university—in the writings of this influential, enigmatic man."
Revelatory, well-written account of the controversial life and writings of French historian and philosopher Foucault. Read full book review >

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THE LIVES OF MICHEL FOUCAULT by David Macey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 25, 1994

"A cautious and respectful study—avoiding luridness and gossip while preserving its subject's dignity—that Foucault himself might have authorized."
Elusive and private, ``the lives'' of Michel Foucault (1926- 84) include the many public roles that he assumed—as philosopher, academic, historian, political activist, and homosexual—roles that both reflected and helped shape the character of postwar France. Read full book review >

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ZEE IS NOT SCARED by Michel Gay
ANIMALS
Released: March 22, 2004

"Sleep tight. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Little Zee (2003) returns for a night's horseplay (okay, zebraplay) with his parents. Read full book review >