Submission: A Novel

Category: Book
By (author): Houellebecq, Michel
Translated By: Stein, Lorin
Subject:  FICTION / In Translation / French
  FICTION / Literary
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Picador
Published: November 2016
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in
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From The Publisher*A controversial, intelligent, and mordantly funny new novel from France's most famous living literary figure It's 2022. Francois is bored. He's a middle-aged lecturer at the New Sorbonne University and an expert on J. K. Huysmans, the famous nineteenth-century Decadent author. But Francois's own decadence is considerably smaller in scale. He sleeps with his students, eats microwave dinners, rereads Huysmans, queues up YouPorn. Meanwhile, it's election season. And although Francois feels about as political as a bath towel," things are getting pretty interesting. In an alliance with the Socialists, France's new Islamic party sweeps to power. Islamic law comes into force. Women are veiled, polygamy is encouraged, and Francois is offered an irresistible academic advancement - on the condition that he convert to Islam. Adam Gopnik in The New Yorker has said of Submission that "Houellebecq is not merely a satirist but - more unusually - a sincere satirist, genuinely saddened by the absurdities of history and the madnesses of mankind." Michel Houellebecq's new book may be satirical and melancholic, but it is also hilarious, a comic masterpiece by one of France's great novelists. "
Review Quote*" Submission is dark, and funny, moving, and vile; it should be read not for the gloss it provides on the headlines but for the light it sheds on the culture that gave rise to them."-Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker "One cannot be said to be keeping abreast of contemporary literature without reading Houellebecq's work."- Karl Ove Knausgaard, The New York Times Book Review
Biographical NoteMichel Houellebecq is a French novelist, poet, and literary critic. His novels include the international bestseller The Elementary Particles and The Map and the Territory , which won the 2010 Prix Goncourt. He lives in France.