Michel Houellebecq


Born
in Saint-Pierre (La Réunion), France
February 26, 1958

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Influences


Michel Houellebecq (born Michel Thomas), born 26 February 1958 (birth certificate) or 1956 on the French island of Réunion, is a controversial and award-winning French novelist. To admirers he is a writer in the tradition of literary provocation that reaches back to the Marquis de Sade and Baudelaire; to detractors he is a peddler, who writes vulgar sleazy literature to shock. His works though, particularly Atomised, have received high praise from the French literary intelligentsia, with generally positive international critical response, Having written poetry and a biography of the horror writer H. P. Lovecraft, he brought out his first novel Extension du domaine de la lutte in 1994. Les particules élémentaires followed in 1998 and Platefo ...more

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3.79 avg rating — 26,058 ratings — published 1998 — 123 editions
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3.80 avg rating — 14,401 ratings — published 2001 — 84 editions
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Soumission

3.64 avg rating — 24,400 ratings — published 2015 — 99 editions
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The Possibility of an Island

3.80 avg rating — 10,258 ratings — published 2005 — 94 editions
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La carte et le territoire

3.93 avg rating — 12,826 ratings — published 2010 — 93 editions
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Whatever

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3.57 avg rating — 9,504 ratings — published 1994 — 92 editions
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Lanzarote

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3.25 avg rating — 2,752 ratings — published 2000 — 36 editions
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H.P. Lovecraft: Against the...

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3.95 avg rating — 2,251 ratings — published 1991 — 30 editions
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Public Enemies: Dueling Wri...

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3.39 avg rating — 691 ratings — published 2008 — 26 editions
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Serotonin

3.62 avg rating — 1,784 ratings — published 2019 — 37 editions
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“Those who love life do not read. Nor do they go to the movies, actually. No matter what might be said, access to the artistic universe is more or less entirely the preserve of those who are a little fed up with the world.”
Michel Houellebecq, H.P. Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life

“The absence of the will to live is, alas, not sufficient to make one want to die.”
Michel Houellebecq

“Anything can happen in life, especially nothing.”
Michel Houellebecq, Platform

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