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Michel Houellebecq

Michel Houellebecq

One of the most profound European writers and intellectuals
Languages : English, French

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Michel Houellebecq born in La Réunion, February 26th, 1958. He started his literary career when he was 20, while he also began to associate with poetic circles. In 1985 he met Michel Bulteau, director of the Nouvelle Revue de Paris, who was the first one to publish his poetry. In 1991 Rester Vivant (“Staying Alive”) is published, then in 1992, his first poetry collection entitled La Poursuite du Bonheur (“The Pursuit of Happiness”) was rewarded by Tristan Tzara price. His first novel,

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Michel Houellebecq born in La Réunion, February 26th, 1958. He started his literary career when he was 20, while he also began to associate with poetic circles. In 1985 he met Michel Bulteau, director of the Nouvelle Revue de Paris, who was the first one to publish his poetry. In 1991 Rester Vivant (“Staying Alive”) is published, then in 1992, his first poetry collection entitled La Poursuite du Bonheur (“The Pursuit of Happiness”) was rewarded by Tristan Tzara price. His first novel, Broadening the Field of Struggle, was published in 1994. In 1998, he received the national Grand Prix of Lettres Jeunes Talents for his entire work. In 1999, he adapts with Philippe Harel “Broadening the Field of Struggle” for the cinema. Also, he published a new poetry collection called Renaissance. His novels Atomised and Plateforme are considered as pioneer in the French literature, because they describe with humour, the affective and sexual misery life of western/occidental men in the 1990s and 2000s.

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The Elementary Particles

Bruno and Michel are half-brothers, born to a hippie mother who believed in following her bliss. As boys they live in ignorance of each other--at one point attending the same school without knowing of their blood connection. As grown men they're not truly close, but they occasionally phone each other late at night. Bruno's a hopeless sexual obsessive, often drunk or on his way there, and Michel's a molecular biologist, distant and inaccessible.

ISBN: 97803 7572 7016

Michel Houellebecq's The Elementary Particles follows these brothers through the latter half of the 20th century. Bruno and Michel are buffeted by history, vessels of disappointment and desire rocked by the ocean of time. Shuttled away to a boarding school where he's sexually abused by other boys, Bruno grows up full of twisted sexual longings and a contempt for aging women so palpable that at times it's stomach-churning. At a commune in the country, Bruno takes stock:
The women were intolerable at breakfast, but by cocktail hour the mystical tarts were hopelessly vying with younger women once again. Death is the great leveler. On Wednesday afternoon he met Catherine, a fifty-year-old who had been a feminist of the old school. She was tanned, with dark curly hair; she must have been very attractive when she was twenty. Her breasts were still in good shape, he thought when he saw her by the pool, but she had a fat ass.

Michel doesn't hate women; he doesn't even notice them. Instead of leering at bodies by the pool, he stares at particles in microscopes. He wins prizes for his experiments, but never experiences the rush of life. For both men, the damage has been done by history, by mother, before the story begins.

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The Possibility of an Island

This is undoubtedly Houellebecq's most ambitous work to date.

ISBN: 97803 0727 5219

The themes of his previous novels, such as the fragmentation of modern society, the masochistic cult of youthful sexuality in an aging society, and the possibility of happiness in a world in which values have been stripped to those of hedonistic individualism at the same time that the satisfaction of those desires has never been harder to obtain, are again explored, but here in a quite novel setting, and to a more thorough conclusion.

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Platform

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.

ISBN: 97814 0003 0262
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