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The Map and the Territory
Author: Michel Houellebecq

ISBN: 9780099554578
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 7 June 2012
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.7 x 2.0
Part thriller, part satire, Houellebecq's prize winning and critically acclaimed new novel will be a publishing sensation.

If Jed Martin, the main character of this novel, was to tell you its story, he would perhaps begin by talking about a boiler breaking down, one 15th December. Or about his father, a well-known and committed architect, with whom he passed alone many a Christmas Eve.He would certainly recall Olga, a very pretty Russian he met at the start of his career, during the first exhibition of his photographs of Michelin road maps. This was before global success arrived with the series of 'professions', those portraits of personalities from all walks of life (including the writer Michel Houellebecq), captured at their work.He should also say how he helped inspector Jasselin to solve an atrocious crime, whose terrifying scene left a lasting mark on the police teams.At the end of his life he will find a certain serenity, and utter only murmurs.Art, money, love, the father-son relationship, death, work, and France turned into a tourist paradise are some of the themes of this novel, which is resolutely classical and openly modern.

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