He's back: Bad boy of French literature – Arts & Leisure – International Herald Tribune

PARIS-With its customary hype and hope, the annual French literary season known as la rentrée littéraire opened this week, with no fewer than 663 novelists elbowing for attention. Mostly in vain, it seems. To judge by the French press, Michel Houellebecq is the only writer who counts. And that was before the public had even read his latest novel, “The Possibility of an Island.”
The odd thing is that this has happened before.
He’s back: Bad boy of French literature – Arts & Leisure – International Herald Tribune