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Submission by Michel Houellebecq

Submission by Michel Houellebecq

French fiction

Original title – Soumission

Translator – Lorin Stein

Source – Personnel copy

Well when I started to look back on books that came out last year that may make the Man booker longlist this was one of the first on my list of books I hadn’t read and I was lucky to find a half price copy in my local waterstones. 725 more words

French Lit

Final Thoughts on Michel Houellebecq's Submission (by Bethany)

This really isn’t the sort of book that lends itself to worries about “spoilers,” but you should know that I do clearly state the novel’s ending in the second-to-last paragraph. 2,113 more words

Fiction - General

Time ripe for Islam to spin its tale in the High Castle

With Philip K Dick’s The Man in The High Castle currently doing the rounds on Amazon and the BBC in the process of adapting Len Deighton’s… 549 more words

Early Thoughts on Michel Houellebecq's Submission

I suspect that this book will go down in literary history not for its merits but for its eerie timeliness. It was published in French earlier this year, but the English translation was released just a few weeks before the ISIS attacks in Paris last year. 895 more words

Fiction - General


Houellebecq is a true master of refined literature, delicate subjects and penetrating meanings.
Submission is a dystopian novel set in 2022 where the moral and the ideals of academic intellectuals in the Western European society have declined to the level of alienation, indifference and disbelief in idealism. 231 more words

Book Review

"Laughably pretentious"? Michel Houellebecq and the Incarnation

I’ve recently read Michel Houellebecq’s controversial novel, Submission. Published on 7 January 2015 – coincidentally, the day of the Charlie Hebdo massacre – the novel tells the story of an Islamic government coming to power in France in 2022.  865 more words


[BOOK REVIEW] Platform by Michel Houellebecq

It is impossible to finish this book without leaving some pages glued together (if you know what I mean)
At first there was a suspicion that this book was a pornographic literature with intellectual pretension:  if the main character’s not kneeling for a cunnilingus scene, he was reading Comte’s philosophy and enumerating scientific models of consumer behavior. 770 more words