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Michel Houellebecq: Author of our Times

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McCann, John (2010) Michel Houellebecq: Author of our Times. Peter Lang. Oxford-Bern. 219 pp ISBN 978-3-03911-373-6 [Book (authored)]

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Abstract

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 to protect us from the ills that beset us. He faces the reader with the incipit totalitarianism that lies in our secular and religious faiths when they promise to secure the future in this world or the next – while at the same time showing the limits of our attempts to forge an all-encompassing view of the world. More than many other novelists, his work is a reflection of the social and economic reality of life in a post-industrial society.

Item Type:Book (authored)
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > School of Modern Languages
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Arts and Humanities Research Institute > European Languages and Studies
ID Code:19895
Deposited By:Mr John McCann
Deposited On:09 Sep 2011 09:05
Last Modified:09 Sep 2011 09:05

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