Michel Houellebecq

 

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Michel Houellebecq (born Michel Thomas, 26 February 1958) is a controversial and award-winning French author, filmmaker, and poet. Having written poetry and a biographical essay on the horror writer H. P. Lovecraft, he published his first novel, Whatever, in 1994. Atomised followed in 1998, and Platform in 2001. He published a book of poems "Le Sens de Combat" (published in English as "The Art of Struggle") in 1996. After a publicity tour for "Platform" led to him being taken to court for inciting racial hatred, he moved to Ireland to write for several years. He currently resides in France. In 2010 he published the Prix Goncourt-winning "La Carte et le Territoire" ("The Map and the Territory", published the same year in English). The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq is a 2014 French comedy-drama film directed by Guillaume Nicloux, starring Michel Houellebecq, Mathieu Nicourt, Maxime Lefrançois and Luc Schwarz

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Michel Houellebecq

Born 1956-02-26 (65 years ago) in Réunion.

Awards
Award Ceremony Year Awarded for
Prix Goncourt (The Map and the Territory) 2010 The Map and the Territory
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (The Elementary Particles) 2002 Elementarpartiklarna
Nominated for awards
Award Ceremony Year Nominated for
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (The Elementary Particles) 2002 Elementarpartiklarna
Relationships
Name From To Relationship type
Marie-Pierre Gauthier(Gifta) Gifta
Child

Étienne Houellebecq

Parents

Lucie Ceccaldi, René Thomas

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Michel Houellebecq (born Michel Thomas, 26 February 1958) is a controversial and award-winning French author, filmmaker, and poet. Having written poetry and a biographical essay on the horror writer H. P. Lovecraft, he published his first novel, Whatever, in 1994. Atomised followed in 1998, and Platform in 2001. He published a book of poems "Le Sens de Combat" (published in English as "The Art of Struggle") in 1996. After a publicity tour for "Platform" led to him being taken to court for inciting racial hatred, he moved to Ireland to write for several years. He currently resides in France. In 2010 he published the Prix Goncourt-winning "La Carte et le Territoire" ("The Map and the Territory", published the same year in English).

The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq is a 2014 French comedy-drama film directed by Guillaume Nicloux, starring Michel Houellebecq, Mathieu Nicourt, Maxime Lefrançois and Luc Schwarz. It tells the story of how Houellebecq is kidnapped and held for ransom by three men during a promotional tour in 2011. The film was inspired by a rumour which occurred while Houellebecq was promoting his novel "The Map and the Territory". For some time, he appeared to give no signs of life, which made newspapers in France speculate that he had been kidnapped. In reality he only had some trouble with his Internet connection. The film premiered at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival where it played in the Forum section.

Literary critics have labeled Michel Houellebecq's novels "vulgar", "pamphlet literature" and "pornography", he has been accused of obscenity, racism, misogyny and Islamophobia. His works, particularly "Atomised", received high praise from the French literary intelligentsia, and though the critical response internationally was generally positive, there were notably poor reviews in The New York Times as well as mixed reviews from The Wall Street Journal.

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