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“A terrific writer, funny and prophetic . . . feverishly alive to the world around him.” —The New York Times Book Review

The introduction, discussion questions, suggested reading list, and author biography that follow are designed to enhance your groups discussion of Michel Houellebecqs controversial and powerful new novel, Platform.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375414626
Translator:
Wynne, Frank
Publisher:
Random House
Translator:
Wynne, Frank
Author:
Houellebecq, Michel
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
France
Subject:
French fiction
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Series Volume:
107-625
Publication Date:
July 15, 2003
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.52x6.60x1.17 in. 1.26 lbs.

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Product details 272 pages Alfred A. Knopf - English 9780375414626 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] pale imitation of [Houellebecq] at his scandalous and probing best....Posturing, silly, sophomoric — though the glib Houellebecq is good at trying to make you think otherwise."
"Synopsis" by , Houellebecq's The Elementary Particles ("a brilliant novel of ideas" — The Wall Street Journal) was awarded the IMPAC Prize in 2002. His new novel is the story of Michel Renault, a bureaucrat who prefers his pleasures prepackaged, until he pursues the awkward and attractive Valerie.
"Synopsis" by , In his new work, Michel Houellebecq combines erotic provocation with a terrifying vision of a world teetering between satiety and fanaticism, to create one of the most shocking, hypnotic, and intelligent novels in years.

In his early forties, Michel Renault skims through his days with as little human contact as possible. But following his fathers death he takes a group holiday to Thailand where he meets a travel agent—the shyly compelling Valérie—who begins to bring this half-dead man to life with sex of escalating intensity and audacity. Arcing with dreamlike swiftness from Paris to Pattaya Beach and from sex clubs to a terrorist massacre, Platform is a brilliant, apocalyptic masterpiece by a man who is widely regarded as one of the worlds most original and daring writers.

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