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Michel Houellebecq's Elementary Particles--1998 Novembre Prix

  • May 31, 2014 · 1:00 PM
  • Robert's Apartment

Michel Houellebecq is a controversial French author, filmmaker, magician, and poet. His work is highly sexual with racial overtones. He has been accused of being a pornographer and a racist. After he made anti-Islamic statements during a 2001 book tour he was sued by a civil rights group for inciting racial hatred. He was acquitted, but had to flee France and now lives in Spain. He was awarded the 1992 Tristan Tzara Award, the 1996 Grand Prix National de Lettres, the 2002 Dublin Literary Award, and 2010 Goncourt Literary Award. 

Elementary Particles tells the story of two half-brothers, Michel and Bruno, and their mental struggles against their situations in modern society. The novel's publication caused quite a stir in French literary circles, and it sold hundreds of thousands of copies and vaulted Houellebecq into the French intellectual and literary spotlight during the summer and autumn of 1998. The vivid sexual descriptions were a frequent target of criticism. The author was eventually awarded the Prix Novembre in recognition of the novel. He became the last one to get this prize under this name. Philippe Dennery, the founder of the Prix Novembre, disapproved awarding of the prize to Houellebecq and resigned, the prize got a new patron--Pierre Bergé--and a new name: Prix Decembre.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I am making a strawberry rhubarb pie. I will also have chips salsa club soda and unsweetened ice tea.

    May 27, 2014

    • Tj C.

      For some reason I didn't see this! Homemade pie sounds waaay better than stupid donuts. I'll find something else, maybe dumplings. It'll be a surprise.

      May 31, 2014

  • Tj C.

    I'll bring donuts from Dun-Well. If they don't have some gluten-free options I'll also pick up something from Champs.

    See you all tomorrow.

    May 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry have to bail.

    May 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry that I won't be able to make it after all!

    May 29, 2014

  • Rachelle

    It's that time when people post what dish they'll bring so we don't get too much overlap. I will be bringing a gluten-free strawberry pasta dish.

    May 25, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I can bring hummus and veggies.

      May 26, 2014

  • Rachelle

    I hope everyone is enjoying this novel. Ben is currently entrenched in French philosophy studies, so he'll have quite a bit to bring to the table for this one!

    May 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey all. I'm new to the meetup group and look forward to the next book club meeting. Any advice on how these things usually go? BYO-food/booze/books?

    May 4, 2014

    • Rachelle

      People generally bring a vegan dish to pass. Bring a copy of the book if you think you'll need to reference it. Closer to the actual date people list what they're bringing to avoid overlap. It's generally delicious and stimulating!

      May 4, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks!

      May 11, 2014

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