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Author: Michel Houellebecq
Publisher: [Paris] : Flammarion, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : FrenchView all editions and formats
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"Dans une France assez proche de la nôtre, un homme s'engage dans la carrière universitaire. Peu motivé par l'enseignement, il s'attend à une vie ennuyeuse mais calme, protégée des grands drames historiques. Cependant les forces en jeu dans le pays ont fissuré le système politique jusqu'à provoquer son effondrement. Cette implosion sans soubresauts, sans vraie révolution, se développe comme un mauvais
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Genre/Form: Politique-fiction
Fiction
French language materials
Romans, nouvelles, etc
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michel Houellebecq
ISBN: 9782081354807 2081354802
OCLC Number: 900410783
Language Note: In French.
Description: 300 pages ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Michel Houellebecq.

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"Dans une France assez proche de la nôtre, un homme s'engage dans la carrière universitaire. Peu motivé par l'enseignement, il s'attend à une vie ennuyeuse mais calme, protégée des grands drames historiques. Cependant les forces en jeu dans le pays ont fissuré le système politique jusqu'à provoquer son effondrement. Cette implosion sans soubresauts, sans vraie révolution, se développe comme un mauvais rêve. Le talent de l'auteur, sa force visionnaire nous entraînent sur un terrain ambigu et glissant ; son regard sur notre civilisation vieillissante fait coexister dans ce roman les intuitions poétiques, les effets comiques, une mélancolie fataliste. Ce livre est une saisissante fable politique et morale."--Page 4 of cover.

"In France, in the near future, a man works in academia. Not motivated by teaching, he expects a quiet life, studying historical dramas. However, political forces have caused the current goverment to collapse. This implosion doesn't cause a real revolution is a nightmare. The author is a visionary, taking the reader to difficult and slippery ground. His looks at an aging civilization with poetry, humor and fatalistic melancholy. This is a gripping political and moral tale."

François, a middle-aged literature professor at Paris III and specialist of Huysmans, feels he is at the end of his career. It has been years since the last time he created any valuable university work. France is in the grip of political crisis. In order to stave off a Front National victory the Socialists ally with the Islamic party and a minor right wing party proposing a charming and physically imposing Islamic candidate for presidency, who wins. He enacts sweeping changes to French laws, privatizing the French University (thereby making François redundant with full pension as only Muslims are now allowed to teach there), putting the equality between men and women to an end, allowing polygamy, and enlarges the European Union with the aim of making it a new Roman Empire, with France at its lead.

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