The Elementary Particles (Vintage International) (Paperback)

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Complex yet heartfelt. Incredibly well-written. While I would struggle with the behavior of the characters, I couldn't help but care for them.

— From David's Picks


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.

About the Author

Michel Houellebecq lives in Ireland.

Praise For…

"An original work of art–ironic, intelligent and as airtight and elegant as a geometry proof."
--The New York Times Magazine

"[A] brilliant novel of ideas... [A] riveting novel by a deft, observant writer."
--The Wall Street Journal

"Fearless, vivid and astringently honest…surprisingly funny... [C]an permanently change how we view things that happened in our own lives. Not many novels can do that."
--Los Angeles Times
Product Details
ISBN: 9780375727016
ISBN-10: 0375727019
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: November 13th, 2001
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: Vintage International