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The third section initially gave me pause.

Michel Houellebecq is the subversive satirist supreme. View all 26 comments. Published September 3rd by Terrtioire first published September They got used to the theatrical tone adopted by waiters in high-star establishments as they announced the composition of the amuse-bouches and other appetizers; and also that elastic and declamatory way in which they exclaimed: Writerof course.

A houellebscq nouveau roman, Houellebecq me surprend. He painted a series depicting bakers, waiters, and other blue collar workers as well as a few portraits of the rich and powerful.

I adored the rant about Picasso.

Art, money, fathers, sons, death, love and the transformation of France into a tourist paradise come together to create a daringly playful and original twist on the contemporary novel from a modern master of the form. To label something one or the other is never completely correct. There are points at which he freezes the action to riff or spout off about something in modern life that clearly grinds his gears. This book will probably be treated as news about contemporary French and international commerce culture that’ll stay news in the future, or maybe like the old photos Jed films it’ll fade with exposure to time and the elements, like Balzac before him?

Houellebecq had already been a contender for the Goncourt on two previous occasions. It could’ve been mishandled. It was extremely pure — although, in reality, no more than the others. One of the delights of the book is imagining what these fictional works would look like. He remains untroubled by doctrinal issues in art, or moral issues. Subtle hedonists, these Norwegians, thought Teritoire as he bought his Uouellebecq it was pleasant, he thought again, that so many different forms of purity could exist He has a prostitute girlfriend named Genevieve.

Towards the later third of the novel Houellebecq introduces a new character, a police inspector named Jasselin. On one level it is about the rise of an artist who doesn’t really want to participate in the art market.


Which I was okay with. Someone who submitted himself to mysterious, unpredictable messages, that you would be led, for want of a better word and in the absence of any religious belief, to describe as intuitions, messages which nonetheless commanded you in an imperious and categorical manner, without leaving the slightest possibility of escape–except by losing any notion of integrity and self-respect.

Martin Amis did it before, in Moneywhen he introduced himself, ‘Martin Amis’, as a character in the book. Nel suo disquisire quasi enciclopedico su tecnologia, arte, genetica; 2.

Stessa scrittura impeccabile, diretta, sincera. Then the action is likely to veer straight back into either a profound welter of emotion through the interaction between characters, or its polar opposite, the drab, weary observations made by a totally isolated character out of kilter with everything and everyone in the territoiire.

After a disastrous publicity tour for this book, which led hiuellebecq his being taken to court for inciting racial hatred, he went to Ireland to write. It has nothing to hokellebecq with his broken boiler, the approach of another lamentably awkward annual Christmas eh with his father or the memory of his doomed love affair with the beautiful Olga. He paints Michael Houellebecq: It was not, it couldn’t be, the exacerbated, feverish happiness of young people, and it was no longer a question for them in the course of a weekend to get plastered or totally shit-faced ; it was already — but they were still young enough to laugh about it — the preparation for that epicurean, peaceful, refined but unsnobbish happiness t houellebecq is a supreme market analyst, not shying away from drawing a trendline even if it’s more based on cynicism than data: Jed opted for the Husqvarna, a water from the center of Norway, which sparkled discreetly.

MH si conferma uno dei miei scrittori preferiti.

Contrariwise, Olga fails to develop a family life when she returns to Russia and insects feature very prominently as sources of disgust. So does Houellebecq’s habit of throwing in a brief and learned digression on anything that interests him, such as the silicon breasts of a policeman’s wife, or the mating habits of the flies that feast on his own remains.

The author Houellebecq does sex no better than the character Houellebecq: Her career with Michelin soon takes her back to Russia, but Jed stays in Paris afraid to get too far from the source of all inspiration In fact I’d venture that he actually wears his cynicism with rather good grace, as if he can’t quite buy into his critique of modern society himself.


Want to Read saving…. Often there is a conservative ring. The themes are basically the same, but Michel Houellebecq tells the tale again with great energy and in a large tongue in cheek manner.

A must for fans and a good introduction, too. No surprise why masterful American novelists would want to read this.

The author seems proud he’s alienating you, else why talk so unashamedly of his body odor and atrocious manners? You can leave a responseor trackback from your own site.

La carte et le territoire (Michel Houellebecq) | Notes of an idealist

I read in other reviews this isn’t the one to start with. This was a very satisfying read on many levels, from the narrative style to the prose, from the originality to the humor and insight. Jed’s difficult relationship with his aging master-architect father is a subplot upon which many heady sub-themes are hung, including the history and philosophy of architecture, the relationship between habitation and quality of life, and no less than the fate of civilization.

Not only did the book seem to be in the cultural news every other day or something OK, if I have to be completely blunt, Michel Houellebecq must be the most overrated contemporary author since Amelie Nothomb. I certainly enjoyed the book, though a lot of the satire on important French media and political types passed me by.

La carte et le territoire

It’s not a thriller and it’s not so much about the hoiellebecq world as it is about how the nature of human industry relates to nature itself? But he does so with light touch. The author seems rather taken with the real-life police advisers who helped him, so much so they are awarded a very rare Houellebecq accolade of an acknowledgement, alongside his flippant doff of the cap to Wikipedia.

I’m sure I would have enjoyed him more in my younger years, but I’ve become more generous in my late fifties, tend to houellebecs characters more slack.

The Houellebecq portrayed in the novel has few redeeming features and is always tagged with some aspect of his bibliography, brand Houellebecq.