Controversial French writer Michel Houellebecq’s new novel is a national event

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He is the controversial poet-provocateur idolized as France’s greatest literary export, holding a mirror to the dark truths of contemporary France. Michel Houellebecq’s eighth book “Anéantir”, which translates as “Anéantir”, is coming out of bookstores today with a massive circulation of 300,000 copies.

It is Houellebecq’s first novel since receiving the highest French distinction, the Legion of Honor, for his services to French literature by President Emmanuel Macron.

Professor Russell Williams of the American University of Paris talks to Eve Jackson about the author’s unique take on masculinity, France, Islam, sex tourism, the human condition, and braving other topics on which to de many novelists would never dare to write.

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