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The Possibility of an Island

Michel Houellebecq

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

The new novel from the bestselling, highly acclaimed and always controversial author of Atomised.

Who, among you, deserves eternal life?

Daniel is a highly successful stand-up comedian who has made a career out of playing outrageously on the prejudices of his public. But at the beginning of the twenty-first century, he has begun to detest laughter in particular and mankind in general. Despite this, Daniel is unable to stop himself believing in the possibility of love. A thousand years on, war, drought and earthquakes have decimated the earth and Daniel24 lives alone in a secure compound - his only companion, a cloned dog named Fox. Outside, the remnants of the human race roam in packs, while Daniel24 attempts to decipher his predecessor's history. In a nightmarish vision of the implosion of the modern world, he, like his predecessor attempts to fathom the meaning of love, sex, suffering and regret.

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Praise for The Possibility of an Island

  • Houellebecq keeps us listening, even when we know we should leave. - THE INDEPENDENT

  • the book shows his main strength: caustic with with a moral force that cuts throug complacent assumptions. - SUNDAY TELEGRAPH - Katie Owen

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Michel Houellebecq

Michel Houellebecq lives in County Cork, Ireland. He is the bestselling author of ATOMISED, PLATFORM, LANZAROTE and WHATEVER. He is also a poet, essayist and rap artist.

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