Michel Houellebecq

Michel Houellebecq
Houellebecq in 2008
Houellebecq in 2008
BornMichel Thomas
(1956-02-26) 26 February 1956 (age 62)
Saint-Pierre, Réunion, France
OccupationNovelist, houellebecq.info

Michel Houellebecq (French: [miʃɛl wɛlbɛk]; born Michel Thomas; 26 February 1956)[1] 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.[2] He currently resides in France,[3] where he has been described as "France’s biggest literary export and, some say, greatest living writer."[4] 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.

Early life

Houellebecq was born in 1956 on the French island of Réunion, the son of Lucie Ceccaldi, a French doctor born in Algeria of Corsican descent[5] and René Thomas, a ski instructor and mountain guide.[6] He lived in Algeria from the age of five months until 1961, with his maternal grandmother. His website states that his parents "lost interest in his existence pretty quickly" and at the age of six, he was sent to France to live with his paternal grandmother, a communist, while his mother left to live a hippie lifestyle in Brazil with her newly met boyfriend. His grandmother's maiden name was Houellebecq, which he took as his pen name. Later, he went to Lycée Henri Moissan, a high school at Meaux in the north-east of Paris, as a boarder. He then went to Lycée Chaptal in Paris to follow preparation courses in order to qualify for grandes écoles (elite schools). He began attending the Institut National Agronomique Paris-Grignon in 1975. He started a literary review called Karamazov and wrote poetry.

Other Languages
العربية: ميشال ويلبك
azərbaycanca: Mişel Uelbek
تۆرکجه: میشل ولبک
беларуская: Мішэль Уэльбек
български: Мишел Уелбек
Ελληνικά: Μισέλ Ουελμπέκ
فارسی: میشل ولبک
latviešu: Mišels Velbeks
македонски: Мишел Уелбек
მარგალური: მიშელ უელბეკი
مازِرونی: میشل ولبک
Nederlands: Michel Houellebecq
Plattdüütsch: Michel Houellebecq
português: Michel Houellebecq
Simple English: Michel Houellebecq
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Michel Houellebecq
українська: Мішель Уельбек
Tiếng Việt: Michel Houellebecq