Soumission by Michel Houellebecq


Dans une France assez proche de la nôtre, un homme s’engage dans la carrière universitaire. Peu motivé par l’enseignement, il s’attend à une vie ennuyeuse mais calme, protégée des grands drames historiques. Cependant les forces en jeu dans le pays ont fissuré le système politique jusqu’à provoquer son effondrement. Cette implosion sans soubresauts, sans vraie révolution, se développe comme un mauvais rêve.Le talent de l’aute...

Details Soumission

Release DateJan 7th, 2015
GenreFiction, Cultural, France, Politics, Contemporary, Novels

Reviews Soumission

  • Manny
    This week, on Dystopia! Michel Houellebecq discusses the future with Robert Heinlein- Good evening, M. Houellebecq.- Bonsoir, M. Heinlein. Alors, please, tell me your vision of the future.- Sure. So Western civilization, it's already--- --in a process of, ah, désintegration?- You got it, buddy. As my old friend Cyril Kornbluth used to say, they breed faster than we do.- Muslims, monsieur?- People with low IQs. Same difference.- Excusez-moi, mons...
  • RK-ique
    Wow. Great satire ... of French ... of European ... of Western values ... or lack thereof. So well done that the irony often slips by unnoticed. Who the hell are we? SoumissionSo what do you call a novel about Muslims taking over control of France? A novel of generally cynical politics? A novel where women appear mostly in sexually explicit scenes and have little to say except in defining themselves in relation to men (some exceptions)? A novel w...
  • ♥ Ibrahim ♥
    As a former Muslim, I see that Houellebecq is right on the money. I escaped Egypt my country in search of a land of freedom, and yet here oppression is chasing after me in the West. We love for Europe to be Europe. After all, that is why we left our mother countries in search of a more civilized world where human dignity is respected. By the way, please take a moment to read my story of conversion into Christianity and drop me a line and I will b...
  • Jibran
    It seems as though Houellebecq wrote the novel to stir up not debate but controversy. I'm afraid to say that charging a small segment of French population with so much power and influence is way too out of proportion. French Muslims have no power (as a bloc), have no media representation (they own nothing), have no think tanks or lobbies to influence decision-making in France or elsewhere in Europe.Sure, they are the largest religious minority, b...
  • İntellecta
    In the book “Submission” Houellebecq describes in a calm, almost casual style, the fictional stories of a Paris university professor of literature, who describes his everyday life and thereby taps the social upheaval, after a Muslim party has won the elections. Houellebecq tells about social developments in France, how it leads to the election success of the Muslim party and what the consequences are. The whole book is written in excellent la...
  • Paul Martin
    Would a society based on "Moderate Islam" be such a bad thing? This seems to be the kind of book that divides critics into the two equally useless camps:1) This is islamophobic and racist garbage!2) Bravo! A dark satire!My view is that it's neither. All Houllebecq is saying is that a completely secular society is like a vacuum. Given the opportunity, it will let itself be filled. If you don't want to risk it being filled with something you don't ...
  • Ian
    Sex, Religion and PoliticsIf you only read one book about sex, religion and politics this year, make sure it's this one!It packs enormous punch into (far) less than 300 pages, raising the question yet again why novels need to be 562 or 1,376 pages long (and if they do on the basis of some subjective criterion, why they aren't written with such consistent verve, intelligence, wit and humour as "Submission").For all the philosophy, this novel is pa...
  • Yves Gounin
    Il est de bon ton de critiquer le dernier Houellebecq.Les fans des Particules élémentaires y voient une œuvre mineure, annonciatrice de l'inéluctable déclin du grand homme ; les contempteurs du prix Goncourt, un énième ressassement de sa veulerie beauf.Je ne crierai pas avec les loups. Pour trois raisons.1. Le style. Houellebecq écrit bien. Fichtrement bien. Avec l'air de ne pas y toucher. Et pourtant avec un perfectionnisme qui force d'a...
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    I have never been a big Houellebecq fan finding his obsession with his own intellect and genitalia annoying, so when a friend assured me that this book, Submission from 2015, was his masterpiece and was not just a paen to his intellect, I gave it a shot. Well, aside from the novel premise of an islamic conversion of France in the 2017 election and a few comical observations here and there, the book is still primarily about his own intellect and h...
  • Sidharth Vardhan
    The people believing in a religion, any religion, have different degrees of faith. There are for example fundamentalists who not only take their own religion seriously, following their holy books with strict literalism and who often also want to force their beliefs on others using different methods.Then there are traditionalists who stick to their religious traditions but respects people of other religions. They are the ones always seeking shelte...
  • Panagiotis
    Για έναν συγγραφέα όπως ο Ουελμπέκ, τα συναισθήματα είναι ακραία μεταξύ των αναγνωστών: είτε τον λατρεύεις είτε τον απεχθάνεσαι. Την απέχθεια δεν την καταλαβαίνω, μα τα πράματα έτσι είναι και δεν μπορούν να είναι αλλιώς. Μιλώντας για ένα βιβλίο το...
  • notgettingenough
    I'm just not sureI wonder why it is that sticking my dick up girls' arses doesn't interest me like it used towhy a book that has something interesting to say about academiaThe girls love it. Especially when I take my dick out of their arse and get them to lick it. They really like that. and also about politicsMaybe if I fucked two girls' arses and then got them to lick my dick. Maybe I'd enjoy that like I used to. Hmmmm.should interleave his idea...
  • Jonfaith
    Above our heads the linden branches stirred in the breeze. Just then, in the distance, I heard a soft, muffled noise like an explosion.This wasn't the dystopia I had expected. Scandalous -- such was the domestic response to this alleged fragmentation grenade. Set a few years in the future, the Muslim Brotherhood in France forms a coalition and becomes ruling party -- but what exactly follows? Changes, for sure, but ones that often elude the eye. ...
  • Kyriakos Sorokkou
    Μια μακάβρια σύμπτωση καλύπτει αυτό το βιβλίο.Εκδόθηκε στις 7 Ιανουαρίου 2015 και την ίδια μέρα το σατιρικό περιοδικό Charlie Hebdo έκδωσε το τεύχος με την καρικατούρα του Ουελμπέκ ως μάγου να λέει ότι το 2022 θα γιορτάζει το Ραμαζάνι.Την ίδια επίσης μέρα τ...
  • Maciek
    Not only none of this sound scary, none of this sounded especially new.Francois, the protagonist and narrator of Submission, is a man thoroughly burned out; although he teaches at the Sorbonne and is a specialist in the work of Joris-Karl Huysmans, he thinks little of his job and by his own admission has not done any important academic research in decades. At 44, He has no contact with his divorced parents, and no real, close friends; he eats TV ...
  • Roberto
    Sottomessi…alla religione?Il libro, ambientato nella Francia dei nostri tempi, descrive l’ipotesi della vittoria alle elezioni di un partito chiamato “Fratelli musulmani” e la conseguente islamizzazione della Francia stessa in seguito al progressivo decadimento morale e degrado dei valori di riferimento occidentali.“Mi rendevo tuttavia conto, e ormai da anni, che lo scarto crescente, divenuto abissale, tra la popolazione e chi parlava i...
  • Zaphirenia
    Στη Γαλλία του πολύ κοντινού μέλλοντος, την εξουσία καταλαμβάνει μέσω της δημοκρατικής οδού των εθνικών εκλογών το μουσουλμανικό κόμμα, το οποίο στο δεύτερο γύρο έχει να αντιμετωπίσει την ακροδεξιά. Κεντροδεξιοί και σοσιαλιστές βρίσκονται μετα...
  • Hanneke
    Why do I always have to think of an iceberg when reading Houellebecq? It is that icy tone of voice in his writing while you sense that there is a vast amount of nasty coldness that stays hidden underneath. His dislike of women and, really, his disgust for mankind is always evident. I do admire though how he evokes in this novel a world that could be entirely possible. One could fit perfectly in this new world order if you do not care about your p...
  • Το Άσχημο Ρύζι Καρολίνα
    Είχα καιρό να γελάσω έτσι. Το κακιασμένο σχεδόν μισάνθρωπο χιούμορ του Ουελμπέκ τσακίζει κόκαλα. Δεν ξέρω αν είναι ταλαντούχος συγγραφέας, αλλά είναι σίγουρα μια παμπόνηρη αλεπού, που ξέρει τον τρόπο να σατιρίζει ανελέητα. Αντί να γράψει ένα έργο...
  • Sophie
    Ένα δυστοπικό μέλλον που θυμίζει έντονα το παρόν, την πολιτική και πολιτισμική αναστάτωση που βιώνει ο σημερινός άνθρωπος. Η γραφή, όπως σε κάθε έργο του Houellebecq, είναι ερωτική, με καίριες πολιτικές και κοινωνικές παρατηρήσεις ενώ το προσωπικό ύφο...
  • Jan Rice
    (Originally reviewed March 6, 2016) For years now, probably decades, Le Monde and all the other center-left newspapers, which is to say every newspaper, had been denouncing the "Cassandras" who predicted civil war between Muslim immigrants and the indigenous populations of Western Europe. The way it was explained to me by a colleague in the classics department, this was an odd allusion to make. In Greek mythology, Cassandra is a very beautiful yo...
  • Teresa Proença
    Esta review contém spoilers e linguagem obscenaSubmissão é um livro que pode ser mau ou bom, triste ou divertido. Depende de quem o lê; ou de como o lê; ou de como o quer ler; ou se lê mais, ou lê menos do que aquilo que está escrito. Lê-se bem e depressa; a escrita é simples e as letras são gordas. A única estrela com que o avalio não reflete desprazer pela prosa, ou pela forma como o romance está estruturado, no entanto, o conte...
  • Bettie☯
    Description: In a near-future France, François, a middle-aged academic, is watching his life slowly dwindle to nothing. His sex drive is diminished, his parents are dead, and his lifelong obsession – the ideas and works of the nineteenth-century novelist Joris-Karl Huysmans – has led him nowhere. In a late-capitalist society where consumerism has become the new religion, François is spiritually barren, but seeking to fill the vacuum of his ...
  • Mandy
    What a waste of a good idea! The basic premise for this book is both interesting and pertinent. Set in the near-future, there’s been an Islamic take-over of France. The Muslim Brotherhood has come to power – relatively peacefully and democratically. It seems an almost natural progression. Of course there are changes in society. Women are back in the home. No more revealing clothing allowed, and so on. Our protagonist is a middle-aged academic...
  • Sam Quixote
    Michel Houellebecq’s latest novel Submission is set in France in 2022 where a Muslim political leader becomes President and Islamic law is established nationwide. Women must be veiled while their education and equality is curtailed, and polygamy is encouraged. The protagonist is Francois, a middle-aged academic who teaches the work of nineteenth century novelist Joris-Karl Huysmans at the Sorbonne. A sad single man, Francois reminisces on the m...
  • Yann
    C'est l'histoire d'un homme falot, malheureux et apathique qui embrasse une religion, non pas tant par conviction que par opportunisme. Finalement, comme il n'avait pas tellement de principes avant, ce n'est pas si terrible. Il y gagne même plutôt au change, en retrouvant un goût à la vie qu'il semblait avoir perdu. Le tout prend place dans une anticipation politique dont j'étais très curieux de voir quelle forme allait être imaginée. C'e...
  • Arwen56
    Il romanzo è morto? A quanto pare sì. Vi consolerà, invece, sapere che le “scopate” godono di ottima salute. Le “seghe mentali” si piazzano a un dignitoso secondo posto. Ma si sa, ormai possono essere considerate praticamente degli evergreen. Il protagonista, al contrario, non si piazza proprio da nessuna parte. Perché non ha voglia di fare un “beato cazzo”. Neppure l’intellettuale, quale, in teoria, sarebbe.Questo è stato il m...
  • MJ Nicholls
    An amusing fictional mirroring of the life of Joris-Karl Huysmans: a misanthropic scholar, contemplating suicide, fed up of his philandering and hollow ways, over the hill in his career, unable to understand Huysmans’s Catholic conversion, follows the 2022 elections, where the Muslim Brotherhood come to power, leading our anti-hero into his own religious conversion, albeit for impure and perverted reasons. The novel contains nothing controversi...