Genius or impostor? Imagining an explosive French political scene (with a new Islamic party in power), Houellebecq again taps into a world of suffering. Having painted portraits of a breathless western society for 20 years — one without ideals — Houellebecq traces the path of a disillusioned university professor — a Huysmans specialist – who watches helplessly and powerlessly as traditional society reaches a tipping point. In Soumission, the reader recognizes the questionable obsessions of the writer: sexual misery, the oppression of women, and modern despair. As Houellebecq himself states, “[I] put my finger on a wound and press very hard.”
Soumission by Michel Houellebecq
Economics, Graphic Novels, History, literary fiction, Poetry, Politics, Sociology
When he was a child, François-Xavier always kept a book in the pocket of his jeans. However, for the first decade of his working life, he put his love of books aside to embark on a successful career in human resources. At age 34, deciding that life was too short not enjoy every moment of it, François-Xavier quit his position, moved to Toulouse, and opened his own bookstore. Six years later, while L'Autre Rive was thriving in the Pink city, François-Xavier heard that the French Embassy was looking for someone to run a future bookshop, and he moved to New York in August of 2013. The fine selection of books on display at Albertine is a reflection of his hard work.