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Michel Houellebecq

Author of our Times

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John McCann

Michel Houellebecq is a French author whose profile in the English-speaking world is unusually high. He is an author who has put the humour back into the Absurd, without losing any of the awareness of the bleakness of the human condition. Undoubtedly one of the most trenchant satirists of our time, he deflates the projected utopias that we imagine protect us from the ills that beset us. More than many other novelists, his work is a reflection of the social and economic reality of life in a post-industrial society. Houellebecq shows a world of violence and tension, a world where people find it hard to be at ease, so that life becomes a process of disease. This book foregrounds Houellebecq’s scrutiny of our various attempts to confront and transcend the fundamental reality of the human condition, in particular the horror of death.

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Select Bibliography Blanton, Casey, Travel Writing: The Self and the World (London, Routledge, 2002). Carlston, Jacob, ‘Écriture houellebecquienne, écriture ménipéenne?’, in Michel Houellebecq sous la loupe, edited by Murielle Lucie Clément and Sabine van Wesemael, Collection Faux Titre no. 304 (Amsterdam and New York, Éditions Rodopi, 2007), pp. 19–30. Clément, Murielle-Lucie, Houellebecq, Sperme et Sang, Collection Approches Littéraires (Paris, L’Harmattan, 2003). —— Michel Houellebecq revisité: L’écriture houellebecquienne, Critiques Littéraires (Paris, L’Harmattan, 2007). Cohen, Erik, Thai Tourism: Hill Tribes, Islands and Open-ended Prostitution, Collected Papers, Studies in Contemporary Thailand, 4 (Bangkok, White Lotus Press, 1996). Cramer, Kathryn, ‘Hard Science Fiction’, in The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction, edited by Edward James and Farah Mendlesohn (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2003), pp. 186–196. Daniell, Steven, ‘Plateforme’, World Literature Review, 76 (3–4) (Summer– Fall, 2002), p. 110. Delorme, Julie, ‘Du guide touristique au roman. Plateforme de Michel Houellebecq’, in Michel Houellebecq sous la loupe, edited by Murielle Lucie Clément and Sabine van Wesemael, Collection Faux Titre no. 304 (Amsterdam and New York, Éditions Rodopi, 2007), pp. 287–300. Dumas, Nathalie, ‘Lutte à 99F: La vie sexuelle selon Michel H et Frédéric B.’, in Michel Houellebecq sous la loupe, edited by Murielle Lucie Clément and Sabine van Wesemael, Collection Faux Titre no. 304 (Amsterdam and New York, Éditions Rodopi, 2007), pp. 215–225. Friese, Heidrun, ‘The Limits of Hospitality’, Paragraph, Vol. 32, No. 1 (2009), pp. 51–68. Granger Remy, Maud, ‘Le...

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