Praise for The Map and the Territory:
Winner of the 2010 Prix Goncourt
“A serious reflection on art, death, and contemporary society, The Map and the Territory is a tour de force.”—The Los Angeles Review of Books
"Powerful. . . . [A] singular novel. . . . Archly sarcastic, cheerily pedantic, willfully brutal." —The New York Times Book Review
“An ingenious and engaging composite of künstlerroman and police procedural; a novel of ideas; and an authorial self-reflection." –The Boston Globe
"All novelists everywhere have benefited from [Houellebecq's] audacity. . . . his temerity has recharged the form and reminded people what the novel can do." --The Sunday Times
“Funny, astonishing and authoritative. . . . This is the brilliant and controversial French writer’s most intellectually ambitious book..” —The Guardian
“Beautifully, accurately translated . . . . If ever there was a novelist for our globally dysfunctional times it’s Michel Houellebecq. . . . Long cast aside as the bad boy of books, [his] latest novel has seen him brought in from the cold, and embraced by the literary establishment for what he’s always been – not much short of a genius.” —The Mirror
“One of the most important facts about Michel Houellebecq . . . is that he is a first-rate prose stylist. . . . Teasing and entertaining. . . . A page turner.” —Literary Review
"Houellebecq's bewitching journey on the river of art to the cave of death and decay is a tale of eviscerating insight, caustic humor, troubling beauty, and haunting provocation." –Booklist
"[Houellebecq is] a trenchant, sharp-tongued social commentator.”—Bookforum
“Very likely his best [book] ever, a serious novel about aging and death that also employs its author’s trademark lugubrious wit towards some delicious exercises in satire and self-parody. . . . Challenging, mature and highly intelligent.” —The Daily Telegraph
“A dark master of invention. . . . In a world of copycatting and fakery, Michel Houellebecq is an exceptional writer and a stand-out original.” —Evening Standard
“An astonishing writer. . . . The Map and the Territory is funny, shocking, brutal and unbearably poignant. . . . Sublime.” —Scotland on Sunday
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He stands in the background of his novels - a listless and derisive puppet-master - pulling the strings of his hilarious two-dimensional characters.
Step by step... The level of irony and such a darkly humorous exploration of a human life reveals a writing style straight from France.
Sadly, the primitive aesthetic of a recombinant narcissist, devaluing the continental mind along the way.Published 22 days ago by D. Sherman
The Map and the Territory might be the most difficult book I have read. Maybe it's a bad translation or I am getting too old. Read morePublished 1 month ago by G. C. Picchetti
Philosophy of life. Poses many many questions about the purpose of our existence.
Very interesting characters-- much loneliness.
A treatise. Read more
This book deals with important topics such as the decadence of consumerism, our difficult search for intimacy and companionship that ultimately ends with death. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Akiah Berg
Engaging. Great prose. Thought provoking. Aging, art, life, euthanasia, pets vs. kids, literature-- the book covers it all, and even brings in a detective story.Published 4 months ago by l
There may or may not be a lot of themes and references that I missed, but I loved the way his characters thought and spoke. It's actually a pretty easy read. Highly recommended.Published 4 months ago by Gregory Parkinson
Perhaps something has been lost in translation from the French to English, but "The Map and the Territory" fails to reflect (in form or language) what I expected to be a... Read morePublished 6 months ago by J Swink
This is the second Goncourt Prize winner that I have read, the other being “The Patience Stone” by Atiq Rahimi and I am now trawling bookstores to get my hands on the other winners... Read morePublished 6 months ago by TonyMess
French writer Michel Houellebecq "born Michel Thomas; 26 February 1956), is a controversial and award-winning French author, filmmaker, magician and poet" ([...]). Read morePublished 8 months ago by Eclectic Reader