Author(s): Michel Houellebecq


"Michel is a molecular biologist, a thinker and idealist, a man with no erotic life to speak of and little in the way of human society. Bruno, by contrast, is a libertine, though more in theory than in practice, his endless lust is all too rarely reciprocated. Both are symptomatic members of our atomised society, where religion has given way to shallow 'new age' philosophies and love to meaningless sexual connections. Atomised (Les Particules Elementaires) tells the stories of the two brothers, but the real subject of the novel is in its dismantling of contemporary society and its assumptions, in its political incorrectness, and its caustic and penetrating asides on everything from anthropology to the problem pages of girls' magazines. A dissection of modern lives and loves. By turns funny, acid, infuriating, didactic, touching and visceral."


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The gloriously moving and extravagantly filthy cult classic from the internationally bestselling author of Submission

Winner of International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2002. Shortlisted for IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2002.

'Very moving, gloriously, extravagantly filthy and very funny', Independent .'Destined to become a cult book... a genuine page-turner', Observer .'A brave and rather magnificent book', Daily Telegraph

A poet, essayist and novelist, Michel Houellebecq is the author of several novels including The Map and the Territory, Atomised, Platform, Whatever and, most recently, Submission

General Fields

  • : 9780099283362
  • : Random House
  • : arrow
  • : February 2001
  • : March 2001
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Michel Houellebecq
  • : Paperback
  • : New edition
  • : 384