Michel Houllebecq is France’s best-selling author. He is also one of the most controversial writers of his generation producing many of the most urgent and disturbing novels of our time. His most recent work Submission is a political thriller, a dystopian novel and most importantly a satire.
Submission imagines a France of the near future under Islamic rule, following the election of a Muslim president, the fictional Mohammed Ben Abbes, who is backed by the Socialists in order to keep Marine Le Pen’s Front National out of power. What follows is a darkly clever and satirical scenario in which French cultural life is turned on its head. Submission is provocative but its target is not Islam. Rather it is a mischievous, comic and profound reflection on the lack of faith and meaning in Western society.
This is a Scratch Performance.
!It was interesting watching a scratch performance in HOME’s black box studio space. It was wonderful to watch this topical play come together. I hope to see a full production of ‘Submission’ one day, the scratch performance certainly had me gripped.” – Mancunion
Following the performance there will be a post show Q+A with the Director and special guest, Dr Joseph McGonagle, Senior Lecturer in cultural studies in the French speaking world at the University of Manchester.
This event is hosted in partnership with the Alliance Française.