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The great advantage of a novel is you can put in whatever comes into your head – it has the same shape as the human brain.   Michel Houellebecq

Michel Houellebecq, original name Michel Thomas, (born February 26, 1956 or 1958, Réunion, France), French writer, satirist, and provocateur whose work exposes his sometimes darkly humorous, often offensive, and thoroughly misanthropic view of humanity and the world. He was one of the best-known, if not always best-loved, French novelists of the early 21st century.

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Ideas

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Active people don’t change the world profoundly; ideas do. Napoleon is less important in world history than Jean-Jacques Rousseau.   Michel Houellebecq

Michel Houellebecq (born Michel Thomas; 26 February 1956 or 1958) is a French author, known for his novels, poems and essays, as well as an occasional actor, filmmaker and singer.  His first book was a biographical essay on the horror writer H. P. Lovecraft. Houellebecq published his first novel, Whatever, in 1994. His next novel, Atomised, published in 1998, brought him international fame as well as controversy. Platform followed in 2001. He published several books of poetry, including The Art of Struggle in 1996.  After an offhand remark about Islam during a publicity tour for Platform led to his being taken to court for inciting racial hatred (he was eventually cleared of all charges), he moved to Ireland for several years. He then moved back to France, where he currently resides. He has been described as “France’s biggest literary export and, some say, greatest living writer.”

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