Notorious as a novelist, Michel Houellebecq
was first known in France as a poet.
In many ways it is through poetry that he
found his novelist’s voice.
The Art of Struggle is a collection of prose
and verse pieces which investigate issues
of alienation, individualism and disillusionment
– themes that will be familiar to
Houellebecq readers – while subtly adopting
a variety of tones and styles, revealing
facets of the author unknown until now in
the English-speaking world.
Deeply melancholic and despairing at the
inhumanity of the present-day world, yet
brimming with vitality and invention, these
timely, poignant poems clear away the dross
of hollow optimism and call for an end to
the nightmare of modern existence.
"Houellebecq’s poetry is absorbing and demonstrates a rare tenderness
coupled with an unflinching eye that excavates the body, searching for
the core of being, exposing the bare roots of feelings." MPT
Read an excerpt from The Art of Struggle