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The Map and the Territory by Michel Houellebecq

The Map and the Territory by Michel Houellebecq. Having made his name with an exhibition of photographs of Michelin roadmaps — beautiful works that won praise from every corner of the art world — Jed Martin is now emerging from a ten-year hiatus. And he has had some good news. It has nothing to do with his broken boiler, the approach of another lamentably awkward annual Christmas dinner with his father or the memory of h Having made his name with an exhibition of photographs of Michelin roadmaps — beautiful works hoouellebecq won praise from every corner of the art world — Jed Martin is now emerging from a ten-year hiatus.

It has nothing to do with his broken boiler, the approach of another lamentably awkward annual Christmas dinner with his father or the memory of his doomed love affair with the beautiful Olga. It is that, for his new exhibition, he has secured the involvement of none other than the French novelist Michel Houellebecq.

Houellebeccq great writer has agreed to write the text for the exhibition guide, for which he will be paid handsomely and also have his portrait painted by Jed.

Yet his boiler is still broken, his ailing father flirts with oblivion and, worse still, he is contacted by one Inspector Jasselin, who requests his assistance in solving an unspeakable, atrocious and gruesome crime.

Art, money, fathers, sons, death, love and the transformation of France into a tourist paradise come together to create a daringly playful and original twist on the contemporary novel from a modern master of the form. Kindle Editionpages.

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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. What works best, what pushes people most violently to surpass themselves, is still the pure and simple need for money. He, for instance, took provocative photos of man made objects. Once he showed the world his creations: He painted a series depicting bakers, waiters, and other blue collar workers as well as a few portraits of the rich and powerful. Steve Jobs and Bill Gates discussing the future was of more interest to his rich patrons than say a postal worker.

He knew he was finished, well thought he was, with this series when he gutted a painting he was doing on Jeff Koons, stomped, sliced and turned it into a mangled pile of pulp. He knows, qnd this last failure or because of it, that it is time to share the series with the world.

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His publicist convinced Jed that he needed to contact the writer Michel Houellebecq and see if he could be persuaded to write a piece for the show catalog. The always controversial Houellebecq. There are readers who have an issue with a writer inserting himself so blatantly into the story. Of course writers put themselves in books, sometimes thinly disguised behind another name, and will deny if asked that a character bears any resemblance to themselves.


This is a novel and now with the emergence of Houellebecq in the text it has become some kind of hybrid. What is to be believed?

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Is this a fictional version of Houellebecq? The houellebscq I look at history even the trrritory of ourselves, within the confines of our own mind, is that our memories are a fusion of fiction and nonfiction.

To label something one or the other is never completely correct. When Jed meets Houellebecq he realizes he is not finished with the series.

The final painting has to be this writer. Houellebecq is extremely hard on himself. His portrayal of himself is rather scathing. Bret Easton Ellis writes himself into the novel Lunar Park which I really enjoyed, though there are reviewers who fervently disagree with me.

Martin Amis also inserts himself in the hilarious book Money. Three winners for this reader. Michel Houellebecq not at the top of his game as a fictional real person. He has a prostitute girlfriend named Genevieve. As soon as it is concluded by a financial transaction, any sexual activity is excused, rendered inoffensive, and in some way sanctified by the ancient curse of work.

Now he can be jealous? So what makes a good artist Jed Martin? Someone who submitted himself to mysterious, unpredictable messages, that you would be led, for want of a better word and in the absence of any religious belief, to describe as intuitions, messages which nonetheless commanded you in an imperious and categorical manner, without leaving the slightest possibility of escape–except by losing any notion of integrity and self-respect.

These messages could involve destroying a work, or even an entire body of work, to set off in a radically new direction or even occasionally no direction at all…. Jed begins a new series of photographing beautiful old Michelin maps and he meets a woman named Olga, a Russian beauty, who develops uouellebecq real liking for the little Frenchman. She is desired by many and has her pick of the men of Paris, but she terrigory Jed. He brings the maps alive making the art fresh with his own view of them.

Her career with Michelin soon takes her back to Russia, but Jed stays in Paris afraid to get too far from the source of all inspiration It was interesting to me that a man who is so willing to abandon success to move on to something new is unwilling to take the chance of finding new inspiration in such a vibrant country as Russia. The love of Paris and of France that Houellebecq feels, despite his travails with the French press, is readily apparent throughout this novel.

Towards the later third of the novel Houellebecq introduces a new character, a police inspector named Jasselin. There is this momentary bobble in the universe where this reader wondered if the writer was overstepping himself, but there is a gruesome Jackson Pollockesque murder that needs to be investigated.

Jasselin has interesting thoughts about children he is not a fansilicon breasts he is a fanand Bichon Dogs a breed perfectly designed to please man.

This novel drew me in even during those fleeting moments when I had doubts that there would be a definable plot or any resolutions. When his father comes down with a terminal illness and is considering going to Norway for an assisted suicide, Jed has to deal with the consequences of such a decision.

Suicide is a virus that once it infects a family it seems to have recurrences and ramifications for many, many generations. I always think of the five suicides in the Hemingway family that have haunted that line for four generations. Houellebecq by Thomas Saliot Houellebecq, as always, forced me to think tge issues, some that have touched my life and some that may turn up like a bad penny in the future.

His descriptions of the art world and the life of a famous writer gave me true insights into what it means to be creative, to be successful, and the struggles that everyone has to be happy. Although I have enjoyed his more sexually explicit novels it was nice to see him write a novel where terrtory philosophies of life are not overshadowed by the controversy of what some would consider an obsession with deviant behavior. If you wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit http: View all 30 comments.


The Map and the Territory by Michel Houellebecq

I can see that many of the other reviewers are stuck too. Some of them have tried to explain by telling you about the plot, but since there are several rather excellent twists it doesn’t seem right to reveal any of them.

Cronenberg’s depiction of the festering confluence of ego, money, sex and vacuous desire for fame that constitutes Hollywood is remarkably similar to Houellebecq’s depiction of the world of modern art. As noted, La carte et le territoire is funny. It’s as funny as a thirteen year old movie star boasting that he’s now been off drugs for 90 days. It’s as funny as his foul-mouthed girlfriends calling every woman over twenty a menopausal slut. It’s as funny as Julianne Moore literally dancing for joy when her rival’s toddler drowns in a swimming pool, so that she can finally get her dream role.

And it’s as funny as the ending, where Mia Wasikowska batters her to death with her Academy Award statuette and then symbolically marries her own brother before they both take fatal overdoses.

Let’s face it, this is the world we’re living in; at least we might as well laugh at the absurdity of it all. Yes, it’s pretty funny. But make sure your sense of humor is in good working order before you start. View all 26 comments.

Just finished the last thirty wonderfully flowing and surprising pages that end with the total domination of vegetation and then went back to the first lines namedropping Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst and said aloud “Ha, what a great book. I purposefully read nothing about this one and only knew it had been called an art world thriller — which is half right.

It’s not a thriller and it’s not so much about the art gouellebecq as it is about how the nature of human industry relates to nature itself? A must for fans and a good introduction, too. No one else does genre-mashup semi-misanthropic nihilistic philosophy quite like him, although this did at times seem like a much better rendition of what BEE houelelbecq in Lunar Parkgenre-y literary fiction that includes the author as a character? Territogy this novel doesn’t devolve into spare plot mechanics — the detective crimey bits are just as robust and typically swervy and “written” as the stuff that seems more literary.

A nod, I think, to at one point but transposed to Thailand and the murders dropped from to Tye, an enjoyable weekend plus a few other sittings reading this.

Amazingly, there’s even territoty strong-willed successful female character in this one who’s not treated as a sex object! This book will probably be treated as news about contemporary French and international commerce culture thf stay news in the future, or maybe like the old photos Jed films it’ll fade with exposure to time and the elements, like Balzac before him?

Houellebecq suggests that all he wants to do is account for what he sees, aspiring to the patient vision of plants. What he sees he terrritory as an inexact map of the thickety terrain of life, where all things change, except for ever-changing nature and the criminal motivations of sex and greed.

Anyway, a real good book. Might go back and read The Elementary Particles. Finally a map of Houellebecq territory. When I read ‘Plateforme’ some years ago, I dismissed Houellebecq as being overrated, and a complete misogynist, but I’ve changed my mind after reading La Carte et le Territoire.

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