The Map and the Territory

Author:   Michel Houellebecq
Publisher:   Vintage Publishing
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Pages:   304
Publication Date:   01 June 2012
Format:   Paperback
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If Jed Martin, the main character of this novel, was to tell you its story, he would perhaps begin by talking about a boiler breaking down, one 15th December. Or about his father, a well-known and committed architect, with whom he passed alone many a Christmas Eve. He would certainly recall Olga, a very pretty Russian he met at the start of his career, during the first exhibition of his photographs of Michelin road maps. This was before global success arrived with the series of professions , those portraits of personalities from all walks of life (including the writer Michel Houellebecq), captured at their work. He should also say how he helped inspector Jasselin to solve an atrocious crime, whose terrifying scene left a lasting mark on the police teams. At the end of his life he will find a certain serenity, and utter only murmurs. Art, money, love, the father-son relationship, death, work, and France turned into a tourist paradise are some of the themes of this novel, which is resolutely classical and openly modern.

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Author:   Michel Houellebecq
Publisher:   Vintage Publishing
Imprint:   Vintage
Dimensions:   Width: 12.90cm , Height: 1.90cm , Length: 19.80cm
Weight:   0.213kg
ISBN:  

9780099554578


ISBN 10:   0099554577
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   01 June 2012
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   To order   Availability explained
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Language:   English

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A delicious exercise in satire and self-parody... His best ever * Daily Telegraph * The outlaw of French letters returns with an acerbic riff on art and celebrity... witty, wildly erudite * The Times * A dark master of invention... From the very first paragraph of this brilliant novel, the reader can be in no doubt that they're in the blisteringly bleak, darkly inventive grand massif that is Houellebeqc land * Evening Standard * This book, so beautifully written, so inspiriting for all its pessimism, is the new novel I have loved best this year. We have not his equal -- David Sexton * Spectator * Impressive... Beguiling... He is a true original * Observer *


Virginia writes: Contrary to one reviewer's opinion Houellebecq's novel "The Map and the Territory"; is not a foray into pop crime fiction. This novel presents a wonderful parody of the art world beginning with a delightful image of Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst together in a portrait. It follows the portrait painter Jed to his meeting with the author 'Houellebecq' who represents the myth of the drunk, isolated, depressed auteur. The character of the author 'Houellebecq' is murdered. There is blood splatter likened to a Pollock, and while there is a lovely Christmassy contrast with the green sofa and the blood splatter, it is not a just murder, but theft of Jed's priceless painting of Houellebecq. Oh and Houellebecq's dog is beheaded. It's a blast. I hesitate to use absolutes at any time, superlatives must be redundant or at least have been robbed entirely of meaning by advertising and mass consumer culture, but this review is not about me - is it? I suspect that without Houellebecq there would be only dull dialogues, frown and lament around living authors. The Map and the Territory may be the only novel to successfully enter into literal and metaphorical and metaphysical dialogues with Roland Barthes essay from 1967 "Death of the Author", philosophy, art theory, myths of the author and genre. He also nods in passing to Heidegger and Adorno. The Map and the Territory engages in questions regarding representation in art and literature. A colleague amused me last week telling me that while reading her own review of a novel she wanted to reread it, now I find the same thing happening.


A delicious exercise in satire and self-parody... His best ever Daily Telegraph The outlaw of French letters returns with an acerbic riff on art and celebrity... witty, wildly erudite The Times A dark master of invention... From the very first paragraph of this brilliant novel, the reader can be in no doubt that they're in the blisteringly bleak, darkly inventive grand massif that is Houellebeqc land Evening Standard This book, so beautifully written, so inspiriting for all its pessimism, is the new novel I have loved best this year. We have not his equal -- David Sexton Spectator Impressive... Beguiling... He is a true original Observer


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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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