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Michel Houellebecq

Re: Michel Houellebecq
October 17, 2013, 10:59:47 PM
I would just suggest anyone interested read Atomised. The Possibility of an Island and Platform were excellent as well but not quite as earth shattering. Haven't gotten to the new one yet.

I'm reading Public Enemies right now; it's a correspondence between Houllebecq and French left wing intellectual Bernard Henri Levy. They don't debate so much as humorously compare ideologies, reminisce and examine how their upbringings contributed to their current views.

Re: Michel Houellebecq
October 18, 2013, 03:36:51 AM
Atomised is one of the most important books of our time. Platform and the other novels are very powerful as well, but they serve mostly to expand on the ideas put forth in Atomised. However, his last novel 'The Map and the Territory' tends to deviate into mere satire.

His essay on Lovecraft should be mentioned as well.

Some of his shorter essays are comedy gold