Submission (Paperback)

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By Michel Houellebecq, Lorin Stein (Translator)
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A satire of French society framed within the speculative journey of a near-future France becoming a democratically elected Islamic state. While a dryly humorous examination of religion, literature and masculinity might sound too high-minded, Houellebecq is always readable and endlessly fascinating -- whether you agree with him or not.

— Justin


A controversial, intelligent, and mordantly funny new novel from France's most famous living literary figure

It's 2022. Fran ois is bored. He's a middle-aged lecturer at the New Sorbonne University and an expert on J. K. Huysmans, the famed nineteenth-century novelist associated with the Decadent movement. But Fran ois's own decadence is of considerably smaller scale. He sleeps with his students, eats microwave dinners, and watches YouPorn.

Meanwhile, it's election season, and in an alliance with the Socialists, France's new Islamic party sweeps to power--and Islamic law is instituted. Women are veiled, polygamy is encouraged, and Fran ois is offered an irresistible academic advancement--on the condition that he converts to Islam.

A darkly comic masterpiece from one of France's great writers, Submission by Michel Houellebecq has become an international sensation and one of the most discussed novels of our time.

About the Author

Michel Houellebecq is a French novelist, poet, and literary critic. His novels include the international bestsellerThe Elementary Particles and The Map and the Territory, which won the 2010 Prix Goncourt. He lives in France.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250097347
ISBN-10: 1250097347
Publisher: Picador USA
Publication Date: October 25th, 2016
Pages: 256
Language: English