Whatever - Serpent's Tail Classics (Paperback)
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Whatever - Serpent's Tail Classics (Paperback)

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Paperback 160 Pages / Published: 05/05/2011
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Just thirty, with a well-paid job, no love life and a terrible attitude, the anti-hero of this grim, funny novel smokes four packs of cigarettes a day and writes weird animal stories in his spare time. A computer programmer by day, he is tolerably content, until he's packed off with a colleague - the sexually-frustrated Raphael Tisserand - to train provincial civil servants in the use of a new computer system Houellebecq's first novel was a smash hit in France, expressing the misanthropic voice of a generation. Like A Confederacy of Dunces, Houellebecq's bitter, sarcastic and exasperated narrator vociferously expresses his frustration and disgust with the world.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781846687846
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 100 g
Dimensions: 200 x 130 x 10 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
Funny, terrifying and nauseating * Independent *
The balance between philosophy and narrative detail is perfectly judged; the book slips down easily like a bad oyster. As is the nature of such things, it is grimly comic -- Nicholas Lezard * Guardian *
Le grand fromage du jour * The Face *
It could well turn out to be a cult here too ... astonishing * Time Out *
Snappy, bite-sized, and often very funny. Is it European exhaustion? Is it the soul of man under late capitalism? Millenial gloom? Post-Christian despair? Is it the death of love? Whatever. But Houellebecq describes it perfectly * Literary Review *
This boy needs serious therapy. He may be beyond help * Washington Post *
The mischief-making enfant terrible of new-wave French fiction * Independent *
Houellebecq captures precisely the cynical disillusionment of disaffected youth * Booklist *

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