The Possibility of an Island

By Michel Houellebecq; Gavin Bowd (Translator)
Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780307275219, 337pp.

Publication Date: May 8, 2007

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A worldwide phenomenon and the most important French novelist since Camus, Michel Houellebecq now delivers his magnum opus-a tale of our present circumstances told from the future, when humanity as we know it has vanished.
Surprisingly poignant, philosophically compelling, and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny, "The Possibility of an Island "is at once an indictment, an elegy, and a celebration of everything we have and are at risk of losing. It is a masterpiece from one of the world's most innovative writers.

About the Author
Ne en 1958, a La Reunion, Michel Houellebecq est ingenieur agronome de formation, ecrivain et cineaste. Michel Houellebecq publie, en 1991, une biographie de Howard Lovecraft, "Contre le monde, contre la vie""La Poursuite du bonheur", un recueil de poemes, aux editions de la Difference, en 1992, qui obtient le prix Tristan Tzara. En 1994, Michel Houellebecq signe son premier roman intitule "Extension du domaine de la lutte" (Maurice Nadeau), puis son deuxieme recueil de poemes, "Le Sens du combat" (Flammarion, 1996), prix de Flore 1996. Parallelement, il collabore a de nombreuses revues, en particulier, "L'Atelier du roman" et "Les Inrockuptibles". En 1998, Michel Houellebecq recoit le Grand Prix national des Lettres Jeunes Talents pour l'ensemble de son oeuvre.Michel Houellebecqpublie ensuite, chez Flammarion, "Les Particules elementaires" ( 1998), "Lanzarote" (2000) et "Plateforme" ( 2001). En 2005, Michel Houellebecq a publie, aux editionsFayard, "La Possibilite d'une ile", prix Interallie 2005.Photo: (c) Michel Houellebecq

Praise For The Possibility of an Island

“Bewitching . . . Ingenious . . . The Possibility of an Island is often brilliant and searing.” —The New York Times Book Review"A skillful amalgam of prophesy, satire and science fiction, covering some of the same ground as Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake but with much more finesse and conviction." —Washington Post Book World"A sharp check on our hubris, our complacent assumption that things are getting better and better. It is always worth asking whether they are."—Wall Street Journal"Brutally honest, hilarious and often crudely explicit . . . The social criticism offered in this novel is often surprisingly relevant and revealing, [with] an underlying empathy for the plight of humanity."—Richmond Times-Dispatch"At times funny, brutal, and revolting, [The Possibility of an Island] pushes notions of hope and hopelessness to a dismal and logical conclusion."—The Economist

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