Submission (Soumission): New Novel by Michel Houellebecq

SoumissionLike wildfire, the news of the new Houellebecq novel is spreading throughout the cyberspace. The first post in English that I noticed had appeared in the indispensable Literary Saloon. The information in French is available now at various sites;  for example:  Le Figaro, France 24, Sud Ouest. It looks like the most complete information for the time being is at Les Inrocks.  

The Local provides a write-up in English about the forthcoming novel under the headline Muslims rule France in provocative new novel. So, Houellebecque’s forthcoming dystopia will deal with “a future France where a Muslim party wins the presidency”. Something one could expect from the author of the scandalous  Platform.

According to the short description of the novel, the main character is a literature instructor at university specialising in the French fin-de-siècle writer Joris-Karl Huysmans. Well, interesting choice, as Huysmans not unlike Houellebecque had his fair share of provocation at the end of the 19th century with the publication of The Damneda novel about Satanism rampaging in France with a shocking (for that time, of course) description of a black mess. I am not going to draw any hasty conclusions before Houellebecque’s novel is published, but I do hope that the inevitable scandal will not spiral into a Salman Rushdie or a Danish cartoon situation. Anyway, Huysman’s novel looks like a useful preliminary read for those waiting for the publication of Submission. 

Update 1: The Germans, as expected, are the first to deliver the translation of Houellebecque’s new offering. Unterwerfung is already available for pre-order. 

Update 2: My review of the novel is now up.

Update 3: Actually the Italians seem to have beaten the Germans to the punch, with Bompiani releasing Sottomissione on January 15.

Update 4: The UK edition of Submission is now available for pre-order.

Update 5: At last, the US readers have a chance to pre-order the American edition of Submission to be published by  Farrar, Straus and Giroux on 20 October.

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1 Response to Submission (Soumission): New Novel by Michel Houellebecq

  1. Cedric de Valls says:

    Well the fear of reprisal happened today in the offices of the weekly Charlie Hebdo. When will the so-called Progressives and enlightened elites in the West (and supposed moderate Muslims) demonstrate en mass in the streets to support freedom of speech!! ?? Muslims can not immigrate to our countries and not accept fully our norms and mores. What would happen if Christians behaved so violently every time Jesus is mocked, which is daily?

    We must stop this assault on our Western values.

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