European Literature

Author: Michel Houellebecq

“Houellebecq captures precisely the cynical disillusionment of disaffected youth.”—Booklist,,”This boy needs serious therapy. He may be beyond help.”—The Washington Post,,Just thirty, with a well-paid job, depression and no love life, the narrator and anti-hero par excellence of this grim, funny, and clever novel smokes four packs of cigarettes a day and writes weird animal st….Read More

8 Books Similar to Whatever

The Possibility of an Island

A worldwide phenomenon and the most important French novelist since Camus, Michel Houellebecq now delivers his magnum opus–a tale of our present circumstances told from the future, when humanity as… Continue Reading Posted in: Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writing, Science Fiction Short Stories, Spain

Journey to the End of the Night

Told in the first person and based on his own experiences during the First World War, in French colonial Africa and in America, where he worked for while at the… Continue Reading Posted in: 1900, Fiction In French, French Fiction, Texts (Including Translations)


Half-brothers Michel and Bruno have a mother in common but little else. Michel is a molecular biologist, a thinker, an idealist, a man with no erotic life to speak of… Continue Reading Posted in: Contemporary Literature & Fiction, Fiction, Humorous Stories, Molecular Biologists


Michel Renault is a human void. Following the death of the father he barely knew, he endures his civil service job while eking out an existence of prepackaged pleasure, hollow… Continue Reading Posted in: Fiction, Humorous Stories, Manners And Customs

The Submission

A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the YearAn Entertainment Weekly Best Novel of the Year An NPR Top Ten Novel of the YearA Washington Post Notable Book… Continue Reading Posted in: Architects, Fiction, General, Literary Fiction


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 week in the sun.… Continue Reading Posted in: Contemporary, Cultural, Fiction

Public Enemies

In Public Enemies, bestselling author Bryan Burrough strips away the thick layer of myths put out by J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI to tell the full story—for the first time—of the… Continue Reading Posted in: Bibliography, History

The Magic Mountain

Hans Castorp is 'a perfectly ordinary, if engaging young man' when he goes to visit his cousin in an exclusive sanatorium in the Swiss Alps.What should have been a three… Continue Reading Posted in: Literary Fiction (Books), Literature

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