Whatever

Author:   Michel Houellebecq
Publisher:   Profile Books Ltd
Edition:   Main
ISBN:  

9781846687846


Pages:   160
Publication Date:   05 May 2011
Format:   Paperback
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Just thirty, with a well-paid job, no love life and a terrible attitude, the anti-hero of this grim, funny novel smokes four packs of cigarettes a day and writes weird animal stories in his spare time. A computer programmer by day, he is tolerably content, until he's packed off with a colleague - the sexually-frustrated Raphael Tisserand - to train provincial civil servants in the use of a new computer system. Houellebecq's first novel was a smash hit in France, expressing the misanthropic voice of a generation. Like A Confederacy of Dunces, Houellebecq's bitter, sarcastic and exasperated narrator vociferously expresses his frustration and disgust with the world.

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Author:   Michel Houellebecq
Publisher:   Profile Books Ltd
Imprint:   Serpent's Tail
Edition:   Main
Dimensions:   Width: 13.00cm , Height: 1.00cm , Length: 20.00cm
Weight:   0.100kg
ISBN:  

9781846687846


ISBN 10:   1846687845
Pages:   160
Publication Date:   05 May 2011
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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'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


'The mischief-making enfant terrible of new-wave French fiction' 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 'Funny, terrifying and nauseating' - Independent 'Snappy, bite-sized, and often very funny. Is it European exhaustion? Is it the soul of man under late capitalism? Millenial gloom? Post-Christian despair? Is it the Death of Love? Whatever. But Houellebecq describes it perfectly' - Literary Review 'It could well turn out to be a cult here too... Astonishing' - Time Out


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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. His literary career began when, at twenty, he started to move in poetic circles in France. Whatever, Houellebecq's first novel, has been translated into several languages. Houellebecq's second collection of poems, Le sens du combat (The Meaning of the Fight), obtained the Prix Flore in 1996. In 1998, he received the prestigious Grand Prix National des Lettres Jeunes Talents for his literary work. He has also won the Prix Novembre (for Atomised). His first album, Presence Humaine, was released in 2000. He currently lives in Spain.

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