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E che cresce e si sviluppa come un incubo che travolge anche François Sottomissione è il romanzo più visionario e insieme realista di Michel Houellebec capace di trascinare su un terreno ambiguo e sfuggente il lettore che come il protagonista François vedrà il mondo intorno a sé improvvisamente e inesorabilmente stravolger I set out to read this book expecting to be provoked because in my experience Houellebec is always hell bent on provoking somebody and very often that somebody is of the opposite sex I wasn t disappointed this time his narrator managed to provoke me right at the beginning and regularly from then on so I decided that the only way to review this book was with a full set of teeth on show But relax my teeth are not bared just revealed in a wide smile because the only way to take the twenty first century part of this book is with a giant dose of humour And there are some deliberately funny lines at least I hoped they were deliberate In fact I enjoyed the book much than I thought I would and it also lead me to read a book by a nineteenth century author J K Huysmans a book I ve owned for a while but hadn t yet got around to reading I actually paused the Houellebec book half way through in order to read rebours from beginning to end and I began to better appreciate the parallels between the protagonists lives and experiences although it isn t at all essential for readers to read the Huysmans book since Houellebec threads plenty of material about Huysmans life and times into his twenty first century story To a certain extent I felt Houelllebec s narrator s engagement with Huysmans and other writers of the late nineteenth century might have suited me better in a book with less of a political theme but I can see why he combined the Huysmans part with his contemporary tale as there are some apt comparisons between the two In any case taking a break from the modern day story to visit the nineteenth century suited me very well and I was grateful to Houellebec for the nudge to finally open rebours edit according to the notes at the back of rebours in which Huysmans speaks of a character called Jean Folantin from one of his earlier books A Vau l Eau I see that Folantin than the protagonist in rebours is the character who closely resembles Houellebec s narrator They are both slightly hypochondriac single men despondent at work obliged to eat poor food alone and who decide eventually to go with the flow vau l eau when a new way of life presents itselfWhen his narrator is not contemplating the nineteenth century Houellebec allows him to zone in on various aspects of modern French life the political system the university system and especially the politics within the university system I enjoyed all that satire very much However I generally prefer satire to be delivered with a little nuance than I found here Houellebec dropped so many over obvious hints about the eventual outcome of his 2022 scenario that even though he held off from describing that outcome until the very last pages underlining the huge importance he gave to the story elements we knew almost from the beginning exactly how it would end So not only a laboured plot but the labouring done at the expense of the satire I felt There were also some very long turns by characters who appeared in the narrative just to make certain ideological points the secret service agent Alain Tanneur for example who is introduced twice just to make the case for one side of the book s principal argument and the president of the Sorbonne university Robert Rediger who is twice brought on just to debate the other side of the argument though I enjoyed the choice of name in Rediger s case the verb rediger means to write or to write out formally and it is Rediger who gets to write out the guidelines for living comfortably in a French Muslim state the satire in this part is uite well done but not taken as far as it might have beenThat was my main problem with this book the scenario is really too mild in the end I think Houellebec had several great ideas here and might have written something powerful But to do that he d have had to ditch his narrator at the abandoned motorway stop in the first half of this story There I bared my teeth in spite of my good intentions A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers, e si sviluppa come un incubo che travolge anche François Sottomissione è il romanzo più visionario Look Again e insieme realista di Michel Houellebec capace di trascinare su un terreno ambiguo Alle vi børn i Bulderby. De første historier om alle vi børn i Bulderby e sfuggente il lettore che come il protagonista François vedrà il mondo intorno a sé improvvisamente Il piacere nel Medioevo e inesorabilmente stravolger I set out to read this book Il disait qu'il m'aimait expecting to be provoked because in my Drunk on the Moon experience Houellebec is always hell bent on provoking somebody and very often that somebody is of the opposite sex I wasn t disappointed this time his narrator managed to provoke me right at the beginning and regularly from then on so I decided that the only way to review this book was with a full set of teeth on show But relax my teeth are not bared just revealed in a wide smile because the only way to take the twenty first century part of this book is with a giant dose of humour And there are some deliberately funny lines at least I hoped they were deliberate In fact I Der ganze weg enjoyed the book much than I thought I would and it also lead me to read a book by a nineteenth century author J K Huysmans a book I ve owned for a while but hadn t yet got around to reading I actually paused the Houellebec book half way through in order to read rebours from beginning to Rich Habits Poor Habits end and I began to better appreciate the parallels between the protagonists lives and El Metal experiences although it isn t at all The Ichneutae of Sophocles, with Notes and a Translation Into English, Preceded by Introductory Chapters Dealing with the Play, with Satyric Drama, an essential for readers to read the Huysmans book since Houellebec threads plenty of material about Huysmans life and times into his twenty first century story To a certain Kana Pict-o-Graphix extent I felt Houelllebec s narrator s Sienkiewicz. Żywot pisarza engagement with Huysmans and other writers of the late nineteenth century might have suited me better in a book with less of a political theme but I can see why he combined the Huysmans part with his contemporary tale as there are some apt comparisons between the two In any case taking a break from the modern day story to visit the nineteenth century suited me very well and I was grateful to Houellebec for the nudge to finally open rebours TFS Ingenuity (The Terran Fleet Command Saga edit according to the notes at the back of rebours in which Huysmans speaks of a character called Jean Folantin from one of his Wybor idiomów angielskich earlier books A Vau l Eau I see that Folantin than the protagonist in rebours is the character who closely resembles Houellebec s narrator They are both slightly hypochondriac single men despondent at work obliged to How Could She? eat poor food alone and who decide Words on Words eventually to go with the flow vau l Finding Magic (Downside Ghosts, eau when a new way of life presents itselfWhen his narrator is not contemplating the nineteenth century Houellebec allows him to zone in on various aspects of modern French life the political system the university system and Half My Blood (Dartmoor, especially the politics within the university system I Ja - Ty - My enjoyed all that satire very much However I generally prefer satire to be delivered with a little nuance than I found here Houellebec dropped so many over obvious hints about the Diamond Grill eventual outcome of his 2022 scenario that The Poisoned Honey Cake (Roman Mystery Scrolls, even though he held off from describing that outcome until the very last pages underlining the huge importance he gave to the story Katyně elements we knew almost from the beginning Evolving Brains, Emerging Gods exactly how it would How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck? end So not only a laboured plot but the labouring done at the Craft expense of the satire I felt There were also some very long turns by characters who appeared in the narrative just to make certain ideological points the secret service agent Alain Tanneur for Król życia example who is introduced twice just to make the case for one side of the book s principal argument and the president of the Sorbonne university Robert Rediger who is twice brought on just to debate the other side of the argument though I Dangerous Promise (Promises enjoyed the choice of name in Rediger s case the verb rediger means to write or to write out formally and it is Rediger who gets to write out the guidelines for living comfortably in a French Muslim state the satire in this part is uite well done but not taken as far as it might have beenThat was my main problem with this book the scenario is really too mild in the Red Skies Falling (Skybound, end I think Houellebec had several great ideas here and might have written something powerful But to do that he d have had to ditch his narrator at the abandoned motorway stop in the first half of this story There I bared my teeth in spite of my good intentions

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Entesse che hanno sovente la durata di un corso di studi Ma ualcosa sta cambiando La Francia è in piena campagna elettorale le presidenziali vivono il loro momento cruciale I tradizionali euilibri mutano Nuove forze entrano in gioco spaccano il sistema consolidato e lo fanno crollare È un’implosione improvvisa ma senza scoss It seems as though Houellebec wrote the novel to stir up not debate but controversy I m afraid to say that charging a small segment of French population with so much power and influence is way too out of proportion French Muslims have no power as a bloc have no media representation they own nothing have no think tanks or lobbies to influence decision making in France or elsewhere in EuropeSure they are the largest religious minority but the numbers are small in the total population The total percentage has not crossed into double digits anywhere in Europe though if you were to listen to the right wing media you d probably think that about 30% to 40% of French British German Dutch Austrian etc populations now consist of Muslims and lo and behold it will hardly be another decade before the dark forces of the Crescent become a majority and theoretically come to power This whole debate this loud and endless lament says about the state of Western society than it addresses problems among minority faith communities or immigration Can the West hold on to its post WWII romance of liberalism euality secularism multiculturalism LESM This is the uestion Houellebec is attempting to answer but he s chosen to unload the failures of Europe in this case France on the shoulders of a powerless community whose most effective means of showing power is to blow up buildings or truck down people walking down the street leaving the rest of their people to give out embarrassed defensesJust imagine the despairGlobal Jihadist violence and recent high profile incidents of terrorism in Europe are causing palpitations that an extremist takeover somehow or the other is imminent But no what s happening in Ira and Syria in part the responsibility of the same Western regimes who make the most noise about Islamist terrorism is not going to happen in France or anywhere in the West So please sleep well As for Houellebec a democratic coming to power of conservative Muslims who then go on to turn France into a theo democracy is not only far fetched but simply ludicrousSo is this satire A literary experiment to see what sort of France would there be if a conservative Muslim party came to power and changed the rules If so I m not very amused To think up a scenario where a small minority of European Muslims would come into power through the backdoor and force everyone the liberals the atheists the other into submission is as uestionable as say a writer engaging in a fantasy of the Jewish conspiracy to take over the entire world October 16 The Joy in Business elettorale le presidenziali vivono il loro momento cruciale I tradizionali Stuffed euilibri mutano Nuove forze Cotas Claim entrano in gioco spaccano il sistema consolidato The Captured Princess (Taken by Vikings, e lo fanno crollare È un’implosione improvvisa ma senza scoss It seems as though Houellebec wrote the novel to stir up not debate but controversy I m afraid to say that charging a small segment of French population with so much power and influence is way too out of proportion French Muslims have no power as a bloc have no media representation they own nothing have no think tanks or lobbies to influence decision making in France or Pamięć - brzemię i uwolnienie. Niemcy wobec nazistowskiej przeszłości (1945-2010) elsewhere in EuropeSure they are the largest religious minority but the numbers are small in the total population The total percentage has not crossed into double digits anywhere in Europe though if you were to listen to the right wing media you d probably think that about 30% to 40% of French British German Dutch Austrian Fakers, Forgers Phoneys etc populations now consist of Muslims and lo and behold it will hardly be another decade before the dark forces of the Crescent become a majority and theoretically come to power This whole debate this loud and Hearing the Voice of People with Dementia endless lament says about the state of Western society than it addresses problems among minority faith communities or immigration Can the West hold on to its post WWII romance of liberalism Dreams Come to Life (Bendy and the Ink Machine, Book 1) euality secularism multiculturalism LESM This is the uestion Houellebec is attempting to answer but he s chosen to unload the failures of Europe in this case France on the shoulders of a powerless community whose most Doing Without Concepts effective means of showing power is to blow up buildings or truck down people walking down the street leaving the rest of their people to give out Radio Free Europe and the Pursuit of Democracy embarrassed defensesJust imagine the despairGlobal Jihadist violence and recent high profile incidents of terrorism in Europe are causing palpitations that an But I Survived extremist takeover somehow or the other is imminent But no what s happening in Ira and Syria in part the responsibility of the same Western regimes who make the most noise about Islamist terrorism is not going to happen in France or anywhere in the West So please sleep well As for Houellebec a democratic coming to power of conservative Muslims who then go on to turn France into a theo democracy is not only far fetched but simply ludicrousSo is this satire A literary A Passion for More experiment to see what sort of France would there be if a conservative Muslim party came to power and changed the rules If so I m not very amused To think up a scenario where a small minority of European Muslims would come into power through the backdoor and force Kodak and the Lens of Nostalgia everyone the liberals the atheists the other into submission is as uestionable as say a writer Spojrzenie na sztukę engaging in a fantasy of the Jewish conspiracy to take over the Nue entire world October 16

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A Parigi in un indeterminato ma prossimo futuro vive François studioso di Huysmans che ha scelto di dedicarsi alla carriera universitaria Perso ormai ualsiasi entusiasmo verso l’insegnamento la sua vita procede diligente tranuilla e impermeabile ai grandi drammi della storia infiammata solo da fugaci avventure con alcune stud Wow Great satire of French of European of Western values or lack thereof So well done that the irony often slips by unnoticed Who the hell are we SoumissionSo what do you call a novel about Muslims taking over control of France A novel of generally cynical politics A novel where women appear mostly in sexually explicit scenes and have little to say except in defining themselves in relation to men some exceptions A novel where 15 year old girls become acceptable as second or third child wives A novel in which the much touted French intellectual defender of superior French culture appears to be willing to sell out in favour of the above In this case it is called Soumission In the Islamic religion one submits to Allah In Soumission one submits to what one believes is necessary for a happy life perhaps the same thing but most likely cynical to a point In any event the Christian belief in Christ belief in European values are found wanting no longer relevant So submission it is GR readers seem to be greatly divided on this novel Not only are there sharp divisions on ratings but even those who agree on ratings often seem to have read different books Who should read this Those who have a strong sense of irony a willingness to be uncomfortable with themselves and a well developed understanding of satire for this is satire at its best subtle but in your face at the same time A certain knowledge of French culture and current French politics would also help but can be uickly acuired as needed on line The English translation is scheduled to be out in October 2015 Michel Houellebec has written a book about a disaffected lonely somewhat cynical French university professor at Sorbonne III Fran ois Fran ois has many years back written his doctoral thesis on the writings and life of Joris Karl Huysmans a fact that is important to the novel Alcohol seems to play an exaggerated role in his life The reader is subjected to his innermost thoughts on his life his work French politics and his sexual activities both alone and with others The story unfolds in the first person as the world evolves before Francois eyes So it s 2022 and France and the world have continued to unfold on the current track Nothing much has changed as France enters its scheduled elections And the Earth moves and nothing happens The gist of the story which you can read in detail elsewhere preferably in the book is that France inadvertently elects a Muslim led government Plausible under Houellebec s view of his compatriots The newly elected Muslim Brotherhood party in coalition with the Socialists moves slowly and intelligently under Prime Minister Mohammed Ben Abbes a likeable and competent man to transform France Europe and the entire Mediterranean region into a moderate Islamic culture He is somewhat of a Constantine transforming Rome This change leaves Fran ois at somewhat of a loss in particular he has lost his teaching position non Muslims are not allowed to teach in publicly funded institutions and he has lost his young Jewish girlfriend who has moved with her family to Israel and met someone else He wanders in this new culture at a loss but he was somewhat at a loss before the changes Houellebec makes it clear throughout the book that French European culture is already bankrupt Can we see the Muslim takeover as a new opportunity for a better future I do not believe that Houellebec wants to say that Nor is he in disdain of the Muslim takeover His disdain is for his fellow French citizens who have lost all values All is not lost for Fran ois however The new administration comes calling They need him They need an expert in Huysmans on the faculty Indeed the new administration wants to support traditional French culture for all of its respectability They have no intention of interfering with the tradition of La Belle France It is Fran ois who hesitates First in trying to situate himself in the new France he has gone searching for his old passion Huysmans He has tried to follow Huysmans into the world he withdrew into a hundred years earlier when he too found himself adrift in a changing France and uickly flees back to France uestioning Huysmans commitment and sure of his own ability to suffer Christian commitment He needs stimulation not adulation Mostly he needs to satisfy his own sexual obsessions normal male sexual obsessions He has returned to Paris to try to fulfill his needs and to basically give up when the offer comes to return to the Sorbonne But as with all good deals there is a condition Of course Fran ois must become a Muslim and he cannot imagine doing so His recent experience with his Christian beliefs has left him drained of the possibility of believing in any religion And this is where Houellebec is at his best He introduces us to Robert Rediger a man recently promoted to be in charge of the Sorbonne but moving uickly up the ladder into the leadership of the new Muslim government He is charming intelligent extremely well read and Muslim He converted to Islam as a young man and comes across as sincere At the same time Rediger is enjoying all of the benefits of his situation a grand old mansion an overflowing library the best of wines and a new 15 year old wife to supplement his first middle aged wife who uietly moves around in the background serving his every need Rediger explains his own conversion many years before feeling unsatisfied with the values of the world in which he lived Belgium Cette Europe ui tait le sommet de la civilisation de la monde s est bel et bien suicid e en l espace de uelues d cennies European culture was collapsing and his favourite bar in Brussels in the Hotel Metropole noted for its Art Nouveau style was closing In contrast he saw Islam as providing stability of tradition unchanging in its values in its submission to Allah As the Metropole closed he became a Muslim a sincere Muslim He tells his story to Fran ois and then sets out to lay out why Islam has become the core of his life the concept of submission of woman to man as in the novel The Story of O Fran ois has been given a lot to think about Rediger has also given him a small book he has written on Islam it has sold millions He reads the book and on their next encounter poses some uestions uestions on bigamy His main concern as a professor is that he does not consider himself to be a dominant male Rediger clarifies that no university professors are by nature dominant males But then there is the real problem of how does a man chose the right woman Here too Islam has developed the perfect solution les marieuses women whose role it is to approach young women s families on behalf of men Simply put the process of finding a spouse or spouses is without stress Islam has taken care of that Worry free courting Houellebec has been accused of being anti Islamic but I think not Yes it is Islam that takes over France but it is not portrayed as evil or oppressive It simply is Definitely Houellebec portrays it as something much benign than the Christian takeover of the Roman empire some 1 600 years ago Pagans would have gladly suffered such a fate as French citizens face here losing your job with a full pension No not the Muslims nor women are Houellebec s target It is his fellow French intellectual the complacent unthinking European who has abandoned all semblance of cultural tradition who cannot relate to hisher own roots who cannot form real human relationships that he attacks Islam isn t a bad thing It is portrayed as being a energetic committed other which replaces the sloth of Europe A satirical warning that if values matter the need to be upheld If not then accept what comes One thing should be noted by those of us in the Americas We a barely thought of here I would guess that Houellebec considers that we already have nothing to lose We are already long have been little than barbarians This is a novel about values and I suspect Houellebec is in complete distain of what we have and have never had His concern is for what France has lost and continues to lose

  • Paperback
  • 252
  • Soumission
  • Michel Houellebecq
  • Italian
  • 02 January 2017
  • 9788845278709

About the Author: Michel Houellebecq

Michel Houellebec born Michel Thomas born 26 February 1958 birth certificate or 1956 on the French island of Réunion is a controversial and award winning French novelist To admirers he is a writer in the tradition of literary provocation that reaches back to the Maruis de Sade and Baudelaire; to detractors he is a peddler who writes vulgar sleazy literature to shock His works though pa



10 thoughts on “Soumission

  1. says:

    This week on Dystopia Michel Houellebec discusses the future with Robert Heinlein Good evening M Houellebec Bonsoir M Heinl

  2. says:

    Wow Great satire of French of European of Western values or lack thereof So well done that the irony often slips by unnoticed Who the hell are we SoumissionSo what do you call a novel about Muslims taking over co

  3. says:

    As a former Muslim I see that Houellebec is right on the money I escaped Egypt my country in search of a land of freedom and yet here oppression

  4. says:

    In the book “Submission” Houellebec describes in a calm almost casual style the fictional stories of a Paris university professor of literature who describes his everyday life and thereby taps the social upheaval after a Muslim

  5. says:

    It seems as though Houellebec wrote the novel to stir up not debate but controversy I'm afraid to say that charging a small segment of French population with so much power and influence is way too out of proportion French Muslims have no power as a bloc have no media representation they own nothing have no think tanks or lobbies to influence decision making in France or elsewhere in EuropeSure they are the la

  6. says:

    I have never been a big Houellebec fan finding his obsession with his own intellect and genitalia annoying so when a friend assured me that this book Submission from 2015 was his masterpiece and was not just a paen to his intellect

  7. says:

    I set out to read this book expecting to be provoked because in my experience Houellebec is always hell bent on provoking somebody and very often that 'somebody' is of the opposite sex I wasn’t disappointed this time; his narrator managed to provoke me right at the beginning and regularly from then on so I decided that the only

  8. says:

    Would a society based on Moderate Islam be such a bad thing This seems to be the kind of book that divides critics into the two eually useless camps1 This is islamophobic and racist garbage2 Bravo A dark satireMy view is that it's neither All Houllebec is saying is that a completely secular society is like a vacuum Given the opportunity it will let itself be filled If you don't want to risk it being filled with something you don'

  9. says:

    13 September 2020 Why would you let a book like I Hate Men gad about willy nilly Get the damn thing banned now I'm just not sureI wonder why it is that sticking my dick up girls' arses doesn't interest me like it used towhy a book that has something interesting to say about academiaThe girls love it Especially when I take my dick out of thei

  10. says:

    Sex Religion and PoliticsIf you only read one book about sex religion and politics this year make sure it's this oneIt packs enormous punch into far less than 300 pages raising the uestion yet again why novels need to be 562 or 1376 pages long and if they do on the basis of some subjective criterion why they aren't written with s

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