Submission

Author:   Michel Houellebecq
Publisher:   Cornerstone
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9781785150241


Pages:   256
Publication Date:   10 September 2015
Format:   Hardback
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In a near-future France, Fran ois, a middle-aged academic, is watching his life slowly dwindle to nothing. His sex drive is diminished, his parents are dead, and his lifelong obsession the ideas and works of the nineteenth-century novelist Joris-Karl Huysmans has led him nowhere. In a late-capitalist society where consumerism has become the new religion, Fran ois is spiritually barren, but seeking to fill the vacuum of his existence. And he is not alone. As the 2022 Presidential election approaches, two candidates emerge as favourites- Marine Le Pen of the Front National, and Muhammed Ben Abbes of the nascent Muslim Fraternity. Forming a controversial alliance with the mainstream parties, Ben Abbes sweeps to power, and overnight the country is transformed. Islamic law comes into force- women are veiled, polygamy is encouraged and, for Fran ois, life is set on a new course. Submission is both a devastating satire and a profound meditation on isolation, faith and love. It is a startling new work by one of the most provocative and prescient novelists of today.

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Author:   Michel Houellebecq
Publisher:   Cornerstone
Imprint:   William Heinemann Ltd
Dimensions:   Width: 16.20cm , Height: 2.60cm , Length: 24.00cm
Weight:   0.484kg
ISBN:  

9781785150241


ISBN 10:   1785150243
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   10 September 2015
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Not yet available   Availability explained
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Language:   English

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A work of real literary distinction...[Houellebecq] has been the novelist who has most fearlessly and presciently tackled the rise of Islamic extremism in recent years...He is a writer with a gift for telling the truth, unlike any other in our time - I've been consistently saying he is the writer who matters most to me for many years now. I've read Submission twice in the last week with ever growing admiration and enjoyment. There's been no English-language novel this good lately. With Submission Houellebecq has inserted himself right into the centre of the intellectual debate that was already raging in France about Islam and identity politics...There is nobody else writing now more worth reading. -- David Sexton Evening Standard The narration is enjoyably sardonic, a pungent mixture of deadpan jokes about sexual politics and close reading...Darkly clever and funny. Guardian A fine, deeply literary work...It is genuinely more admiring than critical of Islam...It's electrifying; no recent English-language novel compares. Spectator A diligent, even-tempered novel of ideas. New Statesman Extraordinary... if there is anyone in literature today, not just in French but worldwide, who is thinking about the sort of enormous shifts we all feel are happening, it's him. -- Emmanuel Carrere Le Monde


A work of real literary distinction...[Houellebecq] has been the novelist who has most fearlessly and presciently tackled the rise of Islamic extremism in recent years...He is a writer with a gift for telling the truth, unlike any other in our time - I've been consistently saying he is the writer who matters most to me for many years now. I've read Submission twice in the last week with ever growing admiration and enjoyment. There's been no English-language novel this good lately. With Submission Houellebecq has inserted himself right into the centre of the intellectual debate that was already raging in France about Islam and identity politics...There is nobody else writing now more worth reading. -- David Sexton Evening Standard The narration is enjoyably sardonic, a pungent mixture of deadpan jokes about sexual politics and close reading...Darkly clever and funny. Guardian A fine, deeply literary work...It is genuinely more admiring than critical of Islam...It's electrifying; no recent English-language novel compares. Spectator Houellebecq's placid dystopias have been among the only contemporary novels worth dropping things for - and this is arguably the best of the lot...a bleakly funny satire on submission and salvation...I can't think of another contemporary writer who bares their soul so fearlessly - or with such rewards. Evening Standard Submission is both a more subtle and less immediately scandalous satire than the brouhaha surrounding it might suggest...All described with lashings of Houellebecq's characteristically phosphorescent bile...That we feel Houellebecq's satire (like all the best from Swift to Celine to Waugh) is only half in jest makes reading Submission a shifty, discomfiting affair: we're never sure quite how many steps ahead of us the author is; how much of the nastiness is meant and how much mere drolerie; how many levels lie beneath, just waiting to suck us down from our moral high ground. Observer Witty and deft...The polemical power of his imagination...approaches that of two 20th-century masterpieces, Nineteen Eighty Four and Brave New World...This is an important novel...It's worth remembering that Houellebecq has form in demonstrating that life sometimes imitates art. Financial Times It is a fascinating and disturbing vision of a society which becomes an accidental theocracy... A rather brilliant conceit, worthy of George Orwell...Submission is a fascinating and original dystopia - challenging and ambiguous. It is a vision of what could happen if the West finally abandoned liberal enlightenment values and fell into the arms of religion. Herald Houellebecq has an unerring, Balzacian flair for detail, and his novels provide an acute, disenchanted anatomy of French middle-class life ... Houellebecq writes about Islam with curiosity, fascination, even a hint of envy. London Review of Books There are echoes of Albert Camus's outsider, Meursault, in Francois' lack of emotion and relentless cynicism...Submission, expertly translated by Lorin Stein, can be read on a number of levels. As much as it is about Islamic and political tensions in France, Houellebecq also explores the inner world of his chauvinistic antihero who struggles to find meaning in his life and seeks solace in sex. Independent on Sunday Extraordinary... if there is anyone in literature today, not just in French but worldwide, who is thinking about the sort of enormous shifts we all feel are happening, it's him. -- Emmanuel Carrere Le Monde


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A poet, essayist and novelist, Michel Houellebecq is the author of several novels including The Map and the Territory, Atomised, Platform and Whatever.

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