Book - 2019 | First American edition
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"Deeply depressed by his romantic and professional failures, the aging hedonist and agricultural engineer Florent-Claude Labrouste feels he is "dying of sadness." He hates his young girlfriend, and the feeling is almost certainly mutual; his career is pretty much over; and he has to keep himself thoroughly medicated to cope with day-to-day life. Suffocating in the rampant loneliness, consumerism, hedonism, and sprawl of the city, Labrouste decides to head for the hills, returning to Normandy, where he once worked promoting regional cheeses and where he was once in love, and even--it now seems--happy. There he finds a countryside devastated by globalization and by European agricultural policies, and encounters farmers longing, like Labrouste himself, for an impossible return to a simpler age. As the farmers prepare for what might be an armed insurrection, it becomes clear that the health of one miserable body and of a suffering body politic are not so different, and that all parties may be rushing toward a catastrophe that a whole drugstore's worth of antidepressants won't make bearable."--
Publisher: New York :, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2019
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780374261023
Branch Call Number: FIC HOUEL M
Additional Contributors: Whiteside, Shaun
Houellebecq, Michel


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May 25, 2020

An interesting study of a member of the depressed generation who are holding us all back by pining for glory days and voting for tyrants.

Jan 01, 2020

Excellent writing and the narrative is quite engaging but depressing...but that's the point, isn't it?

Dec 21, 2019

Ugh. A depressed white European male’s lament. Yes the writing is superb, but the narrator is lonely and miserable, and subsequently hostile to women that no longer feel any need to subject themselves to his passively aggressive demands for undeserved adoration. I did a lot of skimming rather than just stop after the dog sex, only because I have enjoyed some of his previous work.

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