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  • Published: 1 October 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446473320
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

The Map and the Territory




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

If Jed Martin, the main character of this novel, was to tell you its story, he would perhaps begin by talking about a boiler breaking down, one 15th December. Or about his father, a well-known and committed architect, with whom he passed alone many a Christmas Eve.

He would certainly recall Olga, a very pretty Russian he met at the start of his career, during the first exhibition of his photographs of Michelin road maps. This was before global success arrived with the series of ‘professions’, those portraits of personalities from all walks of life (including the writer Michel Houellebecq), captured at their work.

He should also say how he helped inspector Jasselin to solve an atrocious crime, whose terrifying scene left a lasting mark on the police teams.

At the end of his life he will find a certain serenity, and utter only murmurs.

Art, money, love, the father-son relationship, death, work, and France turned into a tourist paradise are some of the themes of this novel, which is resolutely classical and openly modern.

  • Pub date: 1 October 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446473320
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

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

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

Times Literary Supplement

“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.”

Observer

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

Observer

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

Observer


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