Michel Houellebecq: Author of our Times

John McCann

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    Abstract

    Michel Houellebecq is a French author whose profile in the English speaking world is unusually high. He is an author who has put the humour back into the Absurd, without losing any of the awareness of the bleakness of the human condition. Undoubtedly one of the most trenchant satirists of our time, he deflates the projected utopias that we imagine to protect us from the ills that beset us. He faces the reader with the incipit totalitarianism that lies in our secular and religious faiths when they promise to secure the future in this world or the next – while at the same time showing the limits of our attempts to forge an all-encompassing view of the world. More than many other novelists, his work is a reflection of the social and economic reality of life in a post-industrial society.
    LanguageEnglish
    Place of PublicationOxford-Bern
    Number of pages219
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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    Forge
    Economics
    Post-industrial Society
    Satirist
    Totalitarianism
    Human Condition
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    Novelist
    Utopia
    Incipit
    Encompassing
    English-speaking World

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    McCann, J. (2010). Michel Houellebecq: Author of our Times. Oxford-Bern.
    McCann, John. / Michel Houellebecq: Author of our Times. Oxford-Bern, 2010. 219 p.
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