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The punk-prophet philosophy of Michael Houellebecq

26 mins | Apr 27, 2022
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This celebrated French author is more rock'n'roll than classic literature. The English translation of the latest collection of occasional pieces from celebrated french author Michel Houellebecq will be released in May 2022. Revealing to his English speaking fans his rare power to predict the future, underscored with "punkish" anxiety that likely inspires much of his creativity. In this overview of his life and works, Justin E. H. Smith discusses Houellebecq's remarkable truth-speaking ability, proud amateurishness and dazzling prose. Here, he reflects on whether this self-taught quality of Michel Houellebecq's intellectualism makes him a natural hero of the "post-left" and "doomer right"?
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