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The Elementary Particles

Authors: Houellebecq, Michel
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: FIC019000, FIC025000, FIC039000
ISBN: 9780375412646, Related ISBNs: 0375407707, 0375412646, 0375727019, 9780375407703, 9780375412646
Classification: Fiction
Number of pages: 272,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: An international literary phenomenon, The Elementary Particles is a frighteningly original novel–part Marguerite Duras and part Bret Easton Ellis-that leaps headlong into the malaise of contemporary existence.

Bruno and Michel are half-brothers abandoned by their mother, an unabashed devotee of the drugged-out free-love world of the sixties. Bruno, the older, has become a raucously promiscuous hedonist himself, while Michel is an emotionally dead molecular biologist wholly immersed in the solitude of his work. Each is ultimately offered a final chance at genuine love, and what unfolds is a brilliantly caustic and unpredictable tale.

Translated from the French by Frank Wynne.
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