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Robert Laffont
EAN : 9782221240427
Shaping : BROCHE
Pages : 160
Size : 110 x 177 mm
Michel Houellebecq: Literary Phenomenon

Release date : 24/10/2019
A fascinating work on Michel Houellebecq as the embodiment of the myth of the Writer, standing in the midst of our media-soaked age.
At once a bestselling author and the object of countless university theses, bestowed with as many literary prizes as reports of controversy, with his work translated all over the world and—something rarer—admired by his peers, Michel Houellebecq occupies a unique place in today’s literary landscape. Yet the mystery remains: with... At once a bestselling author and the object of countless university theses, bestowed with as many literary prizes as reports of controversy, with his work translated all over the world and—something rarer—admired by his peers, Michel Houellebecq occupies a unique place in today’s literary landscape. Yet the mystery remains: with each new release, he manages to trigger a media phenomenon without even needing to appear in the media. Michel Houellebecq has become a legend in his own right, fed by three great collective narratives that all attempt to explain his exceptional aura: there is the tale of literary genius, of the inspired writer gifted with "presence," who serves as the troubled oracle of our restless times; then there is that of the great writer who has his own adjective, "Houellebecqian" like a Balzac or a Baudelaire, seen as the author of a rich oeuvre that probes our present like none other; and finally, the narrative that depicts him as an imposter, a literary hack with no style who keeps banging on about the same themes of decline and feeding his notoriety with provocations and polemics… By showing how these three narratives coexist and hinge on each other, Paul Vacca reveals the existence of a Houellebecqian space, inside which—like Schrödinger’s cat both dead and living—an author can be at once cynical and romantic, depressing and feel-good, popular and cursed, tragic and funny, realistic and fanciful… a legendary space where Michel Houellebecq unfolds like an acrobat of genius, a mirror of our contradictions who tells us just as much about us as about himself.
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EAN : 9782221240427
Shaping : BROCHE
Pages : 160
Size : 110 x 177 mm
Robert Laffont