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Michel Houellebecq

French writer

1956 or 1958   -  

country of citizenship: France
native language: French
educated at: Lycée Chaptal, Institut National Agronomique Paris-Grignon, Louis Lumière College
occupation: poet, film director, songwriter, essayist, novelist, screenwriter, actor, writer, science fiction writer, author
award received: International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, Prix Goncourt, Prix Interallié, Oswald Spengler Prize, Knight of the Legion of Honour
influenced by: Claude Vorilhon, Blaise Pascal, Georges Perec, H. P. Lovecraft, Clifford D. Simak, Arthur Schopenhauer, Aldous Huxley, Immanuel Kant, Honoré de Balzac, Bret Easton Ellis

Michel Houellebecq (French: [miʃɛl wɛlbɛk]; born Michel Thomas; 26 February 1956) is a French author, filmmaker, and poet. His first book was a biographical essay on the horror writer H. P. Lovecraft. Houellebecq published his first novel, Whatever, in 1994. His next novel, Atomised, published in 1998, brought him international fame as well as controversy. Platform followed in 2001. He published several books of poems, including The Art of Struggle (Le sens du combat) in 1996. After a publicity tour for Platform led to his being taken to court for inciting racial hatred, he moved to Ireland for several years. He currently resides in France, where he has been described as "France’s biggest literary export and, some say, greatest living writer." In 2010 he published La Carte et le Territoire (published the same year in English as The Map and the Territory) which won the prestigious Prix Goncourt; and, in 2015, Submission.
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