Search Results: "Michel Houellebecq"


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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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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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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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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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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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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 1993

"Michel records his life in only perfunctory detail but still shows how strong the will to survive can be. (Sixteen pages of photographs)"
Personal testimony of a life of extremes, from Auschwitz horrors to American success. Read full book review >

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AMIDST TRAFFIC by Michel Sauret
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"A tangled, overpopulated collection that shines only in parts."
An ambitious collection of interwoven short stories about negotiating Christian values in a corrupt, violent world. Read full book review >

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UPRIGHT BEASTS by Lincoln Michel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A strong debut despite its unevenness."
Michel, an editor at Gigantic and Electric Literature, makes his fiction debut with a collection of stories—all restrained, all strange. Read full book review >

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PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG APE by Michel Butor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 1995

"It's easy to see from this dense but unrewarding text why the French New Wave in fiction is now left to academics, who may have a penchant for such pointless curiosities."
Butor's self-styled ``caprice,'' first published in 1967 in France, is an autobiographical fiction in vintage nouveau roman style—though the refracted, elliptical, thickly descriptive narrative isn't all that ``new'' anymore. Read full book review >