Lanzarote is a novella by the French author Michel Houellebecq, published in France in from a draft written at an unspecified earlier time. 7 Jul Nicholas Blincoe reviews Lanzarote by Michel Houellebecq tr by Frank Wynne. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Lanzarote by Michel Houellebecq.

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No es una obra trascendente, pero funciona bien. Lanzarote begins as a travel book. Or will he join the ‘Azraelian’ sect, as they prepare for humanity to be regenerated by extra-terrestrials?

houelpebecq Is it take on modern tourism? Es lo de siempre. Friday 09 November After hoyellebecq disastrous publicity tour for this book, which led to his being taken to court for inciting racial hatred, he went to Ireland to write. Even his name is deceptive: This is not my favorite book by Houellebecq, but it was entertaining. If it is shock you’re after, you’re in safe hands; this acutely controversial author has even had his own “affaire”, a law case over his denunciations of Islam.

Lanzarote by Michel Houellebecq

The hero mentions theories of the extraterrestrial origins of life on earth, only to reveal his true colours: Realising that his New Year is probably going to be a disaster, as usual, our houelelbecq, on impulse, walks into a travel agency to book a week in the sun. Rudi finds release by joining lanzarpte religious cult named the Azraelians. Aunque no es su mejor relato, en esta obra se encuentra presente mucha de la irreverencia y la genialidad de Houellebecq.

Lanzarote is a short only 87 pages novella by Michel Houllebeq, which incidentally is a small volcanic Spanish island off the coast of Africa. Stories of a cult, sexual escapades and unfulfilled characters abound. Lanzarote by Michel Houellebecq. In these later sections, Lanzarote moves from a savage critique of the life of the modern European to imagine a dystopian future world of New Age religion and strange science. Feb 18, Rob Tapper added it.


Story about wild and free sex? Indeed, Houellebecq ought to be embraced as the most English of French novelists.

Notify me of new comments via email. I can see all that. Lanzarote is an odd little exotic-trip account. Gonna read more of this. There is a rumour that when his first novel, Whatever, first appeared in translation, the English publishers were less than painstaking over the choice of title one imagines the discussion across the editor’s office: Anyway, I’m here for the nihilistic hedonism and general perviness – except it turns out to be all sub-Clarkson sneering and joyless, Maybe this was a bad place to start with Houellebecq, or maybe this pamphlet-sized novella is a perfect distillation of the man’s whole schtick.

Anyway, I’m here for the nihilistic hedonism and general perviness – except it turns out to be all sub-Clarkson sneering and joyless, Literotica-level rumpy-pumpy.

Dust to dust

Confident that he had chosen a destination off the beaten track, Houellebecq was amazed to discover his holiday island was full of the English. On Lanzarote, one can meet some fascinating h Realising that his New Year is probably going to be a disaster, as usual, our narrator, on impulse, walks into a travel agency to book a lanzarot in the sun.

In de lamzarote uitgave zouden ook een aantal foto’s van het eiland staan, maar in mijn e-boekversie staat alleen maar tekst. Nichts wahnsinnig neues, wenn mensch seine anderen Werke kennt, aber was da ist, ist sehr gut verpackt. The narrator isn’t too brooding; rather, he’s more off-handed in his commentary and observations. Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation. As for our narrator, will he consider his week’s holiday on the island a success?

The best part of this ridiculous novella is the colour photos. Houellebecq’s three novels to date have delighted in ridiculing this dream, arguing that a world that liberates human lanzarlte is far too complex to be understood by the human mind. Aug 01, Sergio D. This book was so boring it was a real struggle to get to the end. Or does it take on extreme new-religion groups?


Want to Read saving…. Houellebecq is respected in France but not loved. Houellebecq is a debunker. The pretty cover photo, once you get inside, is reduced to dust by a series Houellebecq himself took of the arid volcanic landscapes of Lanzarote – an island he chose for a reason.

That’s why I’m giving this a “soft three” maybe closer to a 2. There seemed to be certain syntactical and grammatical errors in the text which really bothered me.

“Lanzarote” by Michel Houellebecq | Frank Wynne

The second value of the book is that it sets up Lanzarote as the headquarters of a religious cult, here called the Azraelians, but houellebeca will return, also at Lanzarote, as the Elohim, in the later novel The Lahzarote of an Island.

To jen, abyste potom nelitovaly, holky! You can leave a responseor trackback from your own site. In fairness, I did swish through this in about half-an-hour as I sat in the library waiting for the rain lanzarotw ease off, so maybe the book’s subtle nuances passed me by. It’s still worth a read since I couldn’t have spent more than an hour reading it. In Houellebecq’s fiction, the Azraelian sect is implicated in a paedophile ring in Huoellebecq home city of Brussels.

Toby Clements reviews Platform by Michel Houellebecq. His vacation is populated by hedonistic lesbians and a really downer Belgian cop. Nieuw is zijn afschuw van Belgen in de figuur van de Belgische politie-inspecteur Rudi die samen met hem en twee Duitse vrouwen op het vulkanische eiland Lanzarote terechtkomt. Alone among Europeans in the middle- and higher income brackets, the English are notable by their absence from mainstream holiday destinations. But atypical of his books of the ones that I have read at least is that this one has these beautiful tipped-in color photographs illustrating the natural lanzarrote of Lanzarote.