Annihilation

A Novel

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Pub Date Oct 08 2024 | Archive Date Nov 08 2024

Description

Michel Houellebecq’s international bestseller— a thrilling, ambitious, and unexpectedly tender chronicle of modern existence.

It is 2027. France is in a state of economic decline and moral decay.

As the country plunges into a contentious presidential race, the government falls victim to a series of mysterious and unsettling cyberattacks in which videos of brutal decapitations and skillfully crafted deepfakes proliferate on the web.

Paul Raison’s own troubles are bound up with those of the country. He is an adviser to the finance minister; his wife, Prudence, is a Treasury official; and his father, Édouard, now retired, spent his career in the security services. Paul, badly overworked, is facing the threat of separation from his wife. When his father suddenly suffers a stroke, Paul must depart Paris for his provincial hometown, where he and his siblings now have the opportunity to repair their strained relationships with Édouard as they determine to free him from the decrepit public nursing home where he is wasting away.

Michel Houellebecq’s Annihilation reveals a new dimension of his oeuvre, adding compassion and tenderness to the irony and cutting insight that brought him international fame. Here, we see France’s most celebrated novelist taking stock of his country on the eve of great change—asking how, and whether, a society and its people can change course.

Michel Houellebecq’s international bestseller— a thrilling, ambitious, and unexpectedly tender chronicle of modern existence.

It is 2027. France is in a state of economic decline and moral decay.

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Michel Houellebecq is a French novelist, poet, and literary critic. His novels include the international bestseller The Elementary Particles and The Map and the Territory, which won the 2010 Prix Goncourt. He lives in France.

Michel Houellebecq is a French novelist, poet, and literary critic. His novels include the international bestseller The Elementary Particles and The Map and the Territory, which won the 2010 Prix...


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ISBN 9780374608422
PRICE $30.00 (USD)
PAGES 544

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