Michel Houellebecq’s Answer to Postmodernity: Submission

I am still working on a new novel which you can read excerpts of here. Until then, I hope you enjoy this review.

French novelist Michel Houellebecq’s 2015 novel Submission is not a novel about Islam, or even immigration, but portrait of a French people in terminal spiritual death. While much of the publicity around the book—and even the dust jacket itself—concerns the surface of the narrative: an Islamic party takes power in France and begins to consolidate cultural power over the country, Houellebecq in reality offers a much more compelling story of religious death and loss of meaning, which are parts of the postmodern condition. It ends not in an apocalyptic fantasies of European versus Islam, but a far more realistic depiction of complete acquiescence by the narrator and protagonist, Francois, a university professor and scholar of the work of Decadent writer Joris Karl Huysmans. Houellebecq offers both the narrative of spiritual decay and a reflection on his own life’s work through Huysmans. While it is possible he will write

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New book coming soon

I am working on a new novel. The first draft is almost complete, I only have to write the ending. The revisions and setting up of the book will take another few months, it should be out late this year or early next year at the latest.

This new novel is about a vlogger who moves to a tiny Appalachian county with his irritated wife and their young son. Desperate for meaning he turns to more and more extreme quests for truth, only to become the unwitting pawn of a corrupt local judge. He crosses paths with the strange, shaman like local sheriff, his deputy, and the local drug dealer as the county unravels in the violence of the judge’s schemes.

New cover for Phoenix Operator coming soon

I am currently redesigning the cover of my first book, Phoenix Operator. The original edition will be around for a bit longer until I complete the new cover, but buy it soon if you’d like the original cover. The new version should be more attractive. Click here to buy the book.

In the mean time I have been working on what should be a third novel. I don’t know when it will come out or when it will be finished. Thank you all for reading my work.