The Elementary Particles
The Elementary Particles
A Novel
Translated by Frank Wynne

Recommended by Peter, City Lights Books

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.

Title The Elementary Particles
Subtitle A Novel
Author Michel Houellebecq
Translated by Frank Wynne
Publisher Vintage
Title First Published 13 November 2001
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 272 p.
ISBN-10 0375727019
ISBN-13 9780375727016
Publication Date 13 November 2001
Main content page count 272
Weight 16 oz.

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