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Hedonism, extra-terrestrials and an exiled police inspector collide in this novel from the internationally bestselling author of Atomised and Submission

Realising that his New Year is probably going to be a disaster, as usual, our narrator, on impulse, walks into a travel agency to book a week in the sun. Sensitive to his limited means and dislike of Muslim countries, the travel agent suggests an island full of 21st century hedonism, set in a bizarre lunar landscape - Lanzarote.

On Lanzarote, one can meet some fascinating human specimens, notably Pam and Barbara - 'non-exclusive' German lesbians - who can give rise to some interesting combinations. Will they succeed in seducing Rudi, the police inspector from Luxembourg, currently living in exile in Brussels? Or will he join the 'Azraelian' sect, as they prepare for humanity to be regenerated by extra-terrestrials? As for our narrator, will he consider his week's holiday on the island a success?

Reviews

Reads like a dream

Time Out

Tremendously enjoyable

Times Literary Supplement

Houellebecq captures the spirit of the age better than any other novelist, or any social historian, writing today

Literary Review

There is no other writer like him, at the moment, for wit, acuity or the transparent beauty of his prose. His themes are always big and bravely expounded

Spectator

What Houellebecq has in abundance is an ability to turn commonplace events into high comedy-I enjoyed [Lanzarote] enormously

Sunday Telegraph

Reading Houellebecq is like being caught up in a tropical storm: you are blown away by the ferocity of his imagination

Observer

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  • EBook

    9781448180752

    August 18, 2016

    Vintage Digital

    96 pages

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  • Lanzarote
    Michel Houellebecq

    Paperback

    9780099448365

    September 1, 2004

    Vintage

    96 pages

    RRP $28.99

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