"Houellebecq captures precisely the cynical disillusionment of disaffected youth."--Booklist
"This boy needs serious therapy. He may be beyond help."--The Washington Post
Just thirty, with a well-paid job, depression and no love life, the narrator and anti-hero par excellence of this grim, funny, and clever novel smokes four packs of cigarettes a day and writes weird animal stories in his spare time.
A painfully realistic portrayal of the vanishing freedom of a world governed by science and by the empty rituals of daily life.
Michel Houellebecq is a multi-award-winning French author. He currently lives in Spain.
'Funny, terrifying and nauseating' - Independent 'The balance between philosophy and narrative detail is perfectly judged; the book slips down easily like a bad oyster. As is the nature of such things, it is grimly comic' - Nicholas Lezard, Guardian 'Le grand fromage du jour' - The Face 'The mischief-making enfant terrible of new-wave French fiction' Independent
Novelist and poet Michel Houellebecq was born in 1958, on the French island of Reunion. At the age of six, Michel was given over to the care of his paternal grandmother, a communist, whose family name he later adopted. Houellebecq has won many prizes, including the Prix Flore in 1996, the Grand Prix National des Lettres Jeunes Talents in 1998, the Prix Novembre and, most recently, the Prix Goncourt in 2010. His first album, Presence Humaine, was released in 2000. He currently lives in Spain.