Lanzarote is a novella by the French author Michel Houellebecq, published in France in from a draft written at an unspecified earlier time. Lanzarote Michel Houellebecq Though written before, Heinemann wisely decided to publish Houellebecq’s short novel Lanzarote after. Lanzarote by Michel Houellebecq – book cover, description, publication history.

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Not much happens or, one suspects, can happen on this island, but he does make the acquaintance of a dreary Belgian police inspector whose Moroccan wife left hhouellebecq and lanzsrote the kids — thrilled just to find he’s not reviled — as well as two German lesbians who, of course, turn out to be open to a bit more as well Oct 29, Anna rated it liked it Shelves: It is apparent that the Englishman is not motivated by a keen appetite for discovery.

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He opposes the wilder forms of permissiveness with his own honest, self-deprecating libertarianism. Yet there is a common philosophical ground here. Doubtless these breasts codedly intimate that Lanzarote is indeed a proper beach book – satirical and disillusioned and all that, but also a guaranteed vivid rendering of touristic sexual hedonism.

Houllebecq opposes the wilder forms of permissiveness with his own honest, self-deprecating libertarianism. Houellebecq counters airy intellectualism with a mordant common sense. Or does it take on extreme uouellebecq groups? True, Waugh championed the rights of the drinker and the smoker against political orthodoxy, while Houellebecq is more interested in the chronic masturbator and sexual obsessive.

As for our narrator, will he consider his week’s holiday on the island a success? Aug 01, Sergio D. The first half of the book it’s really a short novella or long short story is a real bore. Houellebecq is respected in France but not loved. I would still say that I enjoyed most of this and it is a worthwhile read, but it does read like it has been rushed and unfinished. Houellebecq is respected in France but not loved. As much meditation on life — ennui-filled, lacking purpose and direction even houel,ebecq a new millennium has dawned — as any sort of story, it doesn’t get too bogged down in detail.


In these later sections, Lanzarote moves from a savage critique of the life of the modern European to imagine a dystopian future world of New Age religion and strange science. Sep 26, Patrick McCoy rated it really liked it Shelves: It just descends into a lazy, half- hearted ending, as holes At 80 odd small pages long, this would be lucky to qualify as a novella.

Lanzarote is a short only 87 pages novella by Michel Houllebeq, which incidentally is a small volcanic Spanish island off the coast of Africa.

Toby Clements reviews Platform by Michel Houellebecq.

Michel Houellebecq visited Lanzarote in the Canary Islands because his travel agent was unable to provide a non-Muslim Arab country for his winter-sun break.

In Platform and Atomised this bleakly post-Beckettian, alienated narrative voice allows Houellebecq the freedom to explore disturbing, scarily inconsolable ideas about our world and its disastrous loss of purpose. But to confuse the reader further, it contains nine colour photographs of the island, taken by Houellebecq himself, to illustrate the stony impassiveness of a landscape that resists anything as rich as his despised “ecology”.

Hedonism, extra-terrestrials and an exiled police inspector collide in this novel from the internationally bestselling author of Atomised and Submission.

It was a very pleasurable short read. Una historia muy propia de Houellebecq, remite la mente a sus otras novelas. In short, he offers nothing very different to, say, the late Auberon Waugh. I read it in collection with his other essays, but it was still a short read. Aunque no es su mejor relato, en esta obra se encuentra presente mucha de la irreverencia y la genialidad de Houellebecq.

This is a very short book – barely even novella length. Fiction Michel Houellebecq reviews. True, Waugh championed the rights of the drinker and the smoker against political orthodoxy, while Houellebecq is more interested in the chronic masturbator and sexual obsessive.


In between he manages to add in some Islamophobia and stuff about the Belgian paedophile scandal of the late nineties for good measure. Jul 12, Willy Schuyesmans rated it it was ok.

J’y trouve plus de controverse que de transcendance. In Britain, writers of the Auberon Waugh school never quite descend into bitterness: Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs.

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Indeed, one may observe that he is houellebecq interested in architecture, landscapes, in anything whatsoever. He takes a trip to a remote Canary Island. Indeed, Houellebecq ought to be embraced as the most English of French novelists.

The second value of the book is that it sets up Lanzarote as the headquarters of a religious cult, here called the Azraelians, but who will return, also at Lanzarote, as the Elohim, in the later novel The Possibility of an Island.

Lanzarote by Michel Houellebecq – Penguin Books Australia

Lanzarote isn’t — in any way — substantial, but it’s an interesting and revealing stepping-stone in Houellebecq’s career, and it is certainly very readable. Houellebecq is a debunker. Get the best at Telegraph Puzzles.

Nichts wahnsinnig neues, wenn mensch seine anderen Werke kennt, aber was da ist, ist sehr gut verpackt. The doings of the Eurotourists take place against an alienating waste land, “a barren desert” in which vast geologic forces dwarf human effort: When asked to explain their lanzaarote of destination, they give answers which are evasive and tautological: To ask other readers questions about Lanzaroteplease sign up.

In de papieren uitgave zouden ook een aantal foto’s van het eiland staan, maar in mijn e-boekversie staat alleen maar tekst. Then there are also the Azraelians, a cult that believes humans were created in a laboratory by an alien i.

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