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Posts Tagged ‘Michel Houellebecq’

Michel Houellebecq Wins the Prix Goncourt

Novelist Michel Houellebecq (pictured, via) has won France’s prestigious literary prize, the Prix Goncourt. He won for the novel, La Carte et Le Territoire (The Map and The Territory).

The AP has the story. The article quoted Houellebecq’s post-win interview with France’s i-Tele TV: “I am very happy … After all, I think it was necessary in my life … Among all the people who are going to discover my books thanks to this prize, I hope I won’t disappoint them and they’ll be happy.”

Since the news broke this morning, the name “Houellebecq” has been trending worldwide on Twitter. The prize was established by the foundation of French author and publisher Edmond de Goncourt. (Via Sarah Weinman)

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Iggy Pop’s Literary Album

header_03 copy.jpgRock star Iggy Pop‘s new album was directly inspired by Michel Houellebecq‘s novel, “The Possibility of an Island.”

The former lead singer of The Stooges released “Preliminaires” this week, a jazz and rock infused album. According to Google News, the singer was approached to write music for a documentary about the French novel, and the project evolved into a solo album.

Here are Iggy Pop’s thoughts, from the article: “Literature’s like coke and music’s like heroin! Literature sharpens the mind, music stupidifies … The book had soul and at the same time it showed great skills in just calmly illustrating some things that were inside my mind about sex, death and the opposite gender.” (Via Maud Newton)