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"Houellebecq captures precisely the cynical disillusionment of disaffected youth."—Booklist

"This boy needs serious therapy. He may be beyond help."—The Washington Post

Just thirty, with a well-paid job, depression and no love life, the narrator and anti-hero par excellence of this grim, funny, and clever novel smokes four packs of cigarettes a day and writes weird animal stories in his spare time.

A painfully realistic portrayal of the vanishing freedom of a world governed by science and by the empty rituals of daily life.

Michel Houellebecq is a multi-award-winning French author. He currently lives in Spain.

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Houellebecq's first novel was a smash hit in France, expressing the misanthropic voice of a generation.

About the Author

Novelist and poet Michel Houellebecq was born in 1958, on the French island of Reunion. At the age of six, Michel was given over to the care of his paternal grandmother, a communist, whose family name he later adopted. His literary career began when, at twenty, he started to move in poetic circles in France. Whatever, Houellebecqs first novel, has been translated into several languages. Houellebecqs second collection of poems, Le sens du combat (The Meaning of the Fight), obtained the Prix Flore in 1996. In 1998, he received the prestigious Grand Prix National des Lettres Jeunes Talents for his literary work. He has also won the Prix Novembre (for The Elementary Particles ). His first album, Presence humaine, was released in 2000. He currently lives in Ireland.

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ISBN:
9781846687846
Author:
Houellebecq, Michel
Publisher:
Serpent's Tail
Author:
Litt, Toby
Author:
Hammond, Paul
Subject:
Literary
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Literature-A to Z
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Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20110631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in

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