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Houellebecq on dandelion salad

An instance of realistic detail, & unlooked-for truth, inside the apparatus of political satire:

She’d made a salad of fava beans and dandelion with shaved Parmesan.

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Disordered Reading

Life is painful and disappointing

Life is painful and disappointing. It is useless, therefore, to write new realistic novels. We generally know where we stand in relation to reality and don’t care to know any more.

Michel Houellebecq



Michel Houellebecq, 2015
Translated from the French by Lorin Stein, 2015

I picked up a copy of Submission during the week of November 8th following the election. 1,115 more words


A peu près n’importe quel romancier s’imagine qu’il est de son devoir de donner une image exhaustive de la vie. Sa mission est d’apporter un nouvel «  éclairage  »  ; mais sur les faits eux-mêmes il n’a absolument pas le choix.

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Månedens oversættelse: Vernon Subutex I af Virginie Despentes

Af Mette Olesen

Om min oversættelse fra fransk af Virginie Despentes: Vernon Subutex I (1. bind af en trilogi). Tiderne Skifter, 2016.

Før Vernon bliver hjemløs, og altså stadig har sin computer, er det mest porno, han ser på nettet, for han ”gad ikke høre mere om krisen, islam, klimaforandringer, skifergas, mishandlede orangutanger eller romaer som ikke får lov til at køre med bussen.” … 1,402 more words

Månedens Oversættelse

Would you want to be published by these people? Farewell to faux-Knausgaard ...and what about his wife?

I suppose it is ethically dangerous, or at least raises certain issues, to introduce characters in a TV series who are so obviously based on “real people”. 550 more words


Translation 56. Michel Houellebecq’s Latest Publication

Just interviewed on French television (FT2, 20 Heures), a more sympathique-looking and -sounding Michel Houellebecq spoke about his hefty new collection of essays and his current attitude to life and writing, … 294 more words

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