Michel Houellebecq

Michel Houellebecq is a French novelist, poet, and filmmaker. His latest novel, The Map and the Territory, was awarded the Prix Goncourt.

This progressive effacement of human relationships is not without certain problems for the novel. How, in point of fact, would one handle the narration of those unbridled passions, stretching over many years, and at times making their effect felt on several generations? We’re a long way from Wuthering Heights, to say the least. The novel form is not conceived for depicting indifference or nothingness; a flatter, more terse, and dreary discourse would need to be invented.


— Michel Houellebecq, Whatever