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Houellebecq's 'Atomised' and 'Platform' caused a sensation around the world on publication. Both were Sunday Times bestsellers and Atomised has sold over 150,000 copies in the UK alone Media coverage for the new book will be huge - already we've had the most requests ever for advance bound proofs 'Reading Houellebecq is like being caught up in a tropical storm: you are blown away by the ferocity of his imagination' Observer 'Europe's most inflammatory writer' Independent 'Houellebecq captures the spirit of the age better than any other novelist, or any social historian, writing today' Literary Review

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Michel Houellebecq lives in County Cork, Ireland. He is the bestselling author of Atomised, Platform and Whatever. He is also a poet, essayist and rap artist.

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Upended by a midlife crisis, Daniel enters a cult that aims to secure eternal happiness-through cloning. A 50,000-copy first printing and a nine-city tour; from the bad-boy French author and winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

'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.' -- Katie Owen SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

Like the New Age camp of The Elementary Particles and the Thai sex tourist hotels of Platform, Houellebecq's latest novel has a self-enclosed setting: the shifting sites at which the Elohimites, a UFO/cloning cult, hold their seminars. Daniel, a shock jock famous for such slogans as "We prefer the Palestinian orgy sluts," narrates what turns out to be his life story. Early on, Daniel's partner, Isabel, leaves him after her breasts begin to droop and she gains some pounds. Then Daniel, following a catastrophic love affair with nubile Spaniard Esther, gets interested in the Elohim, gets close to the "prophet" and witnesses an event that catapults the group into the center of world history. Daniel's part in this converges with his jealousy of Esther. Meanwhile, the West is going to hell in a handbasket, and the Elohim idea of substituting cloning and suicide for reproduction and old age is catching on. Everything ends frighteningly (unless you like clones) and satisfactorily (if you take a cynical enough view). Houellebecq has never written better, yet this novel seems stuck in the groove-clunky mini-essays, gonzo porn digressions-first etched by his earlier novels. 50,000 announced first printing. (May 26) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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