Michel Houellebecq


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

Genre

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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The Possibility of an Island

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La carte et le territoire

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Serotonin

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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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