A publication of the Alexander Hamilton Institute | vol. VI
October 20, 2015
Transl. Lorin Stein
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Houellebecq’s controversial novel shouldn’t be ignored, even if you have reservations about the plot line (the novel takes place in the near future when Islamists have democratically taken control of France’s government). The new Islamist government of France can easily be interpreted as a literary device in Houellebecq’s fascinating and charming analysis of modernity, Western culture, bourgeoisie values, and masculinity.