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Interventions 2020

Michel Houellebecq



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Polity Press
25 March 2022
The death of God in the West was the prelude to a formidable metaphysical soap opera that continues to this day. Christianity's masterstroke was to combine a fierce belief in the individual with the promise of eternal participation in the Absolute. When that dream evaporated, various attempts were made to offer the individual a minimum of being. The latest of these attempts is advertising, which seeks to arouse desire and transform the subject into a docile phantom doomed to follow advertising's every whim. But, like all previous attempts, this skin-deep, superficial participation in the world fails, and unhappiness and depression continue to spread.

However, we can all produce a cold revolution in ourselves by stepping outside the flow of information and advertising. We need to take some time out, unplug the television, turn off our iPhones, stop buying stuff, stop wanting to buy stuff, temporarily detach ourselves and adopt an aesthetic attitude to the world. We just need to stay still for a few seconds.

This is one of the key themes developed by Michel Houellebecq in this collection of his texts and interviews from the last three decades. Here he explains and elaborates his point of view, discusses his novels and addresses a wide range of topics from politics, religion and literature to suicide, euthanasia and paedophilia. An indispensable book for anyone interested in the work of one of the most widely read and controversial novelists of our time.
Imprint:   Polity Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 224mm,  Width: 139mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   476g
ISBN:   9781509549955
ISBN 10:   1509549951
Pages:   314
Publication Date:  
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Michel Houellebecq is a French writer, poet and essayist. His many bestselling books include Platform, The Possibility of an Island, Submission and Serotonin. He won the prestigious Prix Goncourt in 2010 and, in 2019, he was awarded the Legion d'honneur, France's highest order of merit.

Reviews for Interventions 2020

'The most famous French novelist of his generation.' The New Yorker 'An author who captures the times like no other.' Evening Standard 'Fascinating' Euro News 'The author has a rare power: the ability to predict at least the general form of the future.' Foreign Policy these essays are a good place to get acquainted with that voice, acidic, pitiless, but too full of humor and awareness to shy from The Local Voice boasts an array of subjects of great depth and provocation. Washington Examiner

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