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  • Published: 1 June 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099554578
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $19.99

The Map and the Territory

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Part thriller, part satire, Houellebecq's prize winning and critically acclaimed new novel will be a publishing sensation

Having made his name with an exhibition of photographs of Michelin roadmaps - beautiful works that won praise from every corner of the art world - Jed Martin is now emerging from a ten-year hiatus. And he has had some good news. It has nothing to do with his broken boiler, the approach of another lamentably awkward annual Christmas dinner with his father or the memory of his doomed love affair with the beautiful Olga. It is that, for his new exhibition, he has secured the involvement of none other than the French novelist Michel Houellebecq. The great writer has agreed to write the text for the exhibition guide, for which he will be paid handsomely and also have his portrait painted by Jed. The exhibition - 'Professions', a series of portraits of ordinary and extraordinary people at work - brings Jed new levels of global fame. Yet his boiler is still broken, his ailing father flirts with oblivion and, worse still, he is contacted by one Inspector Jasselin, who requests his assistance in solving an unspeakable, atrocious and gruesome crime. Art, money, fathers, sons, death, love and the transformation of France into a tourist paradise come together to create a daringly playful and original twist on the contemporary novel from a modern master of the form.

  • Pub date: 1 June 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099554578
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Michel Houellebecq

Michel Houellebecq is a poet, essayist and novelist. He is the author of several novels including The Map and the Territory (winner of the Prix Goncourt), Atomised, Platform, Whatever and Submission.

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Praise for The Map and the Territory

“A delicious exercise in satire and self-parody... His best ever”

Daily Telegraph

“The outlaw of French letters returns with an acerbic riff on art and celebrity... witty, wildly erudite”

The Times

“A dark master of invention... From the very first paragraph of this brilliant novel, the reader can be in no doubt that they're in the blisteringly bleak, darkly inventive grand massif that is Houellebeqc land”

Evening Standard

“This book, so beautifully written, so inspiriting for all its pessimism, is the new novel I have loved best this year. We have not his equal”

David Sexton, Spectator

“Impressive... Beguiling... He is a true original”


“Elegiac... Compelling... A pleasure to read”

Times Literary Supplement

“Have Michel Houellebecq and Martin Amis ever met? Despite a stylistic gulf…they might be spiritual cousins… In this Goncourt-winning novel, as amiably mischievous as the enfant terrible ever gets, his satirical burlesques of the Parisian art world and of tourist kitsch in La France Profonde comes closer to his cross-Channel twin than ever”

Boyd Tonkin, Independent Radar

“A wry, clever, ruthlessly self-lacerating novel”

David Evans, Independent on Sunday

“Impressive...Beguiling...He is a true original.”


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