Wednesday, 5 October 2011

France's Bad Boy Takes On The Art World

The Guardian an interesting review of Michel Houellebecq's new novel The Map and the Territory , translated by Gavin Bowd, which has just been published in the U.K.  (It'll be out in Canada in January).   The focus of the review is about the novel's satire of the contemporary art world, but what intrigues me the most is its mention of one of the themes being the cult of the French countryside being manipulated by Michelin.  The main character is an artist who uses Michelin road maps in his work. I've never read Houellebecq before, but this novel did win the Prix Goncourt last year, so this may be the book to start with.  Above is the North American cover, but I'm drawn more to the U.K. cover  - don't you just want to start popping that bubblewrap?

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