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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.

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