Nominated by:

Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin, Germany

Consorci de Biblioteques de Barcelona, Spain

Publisher of nominated edition:

William Heinemann, UK

The Map and the Territory

Michel Houllebecq      

Translated from the original French by Gavin Bowd

2013 Shortlist

Artist Jed Martin emerges from a ten-year hiatus with good news. It has nothing to do with his broken boiler, the approach of another lamentably awkward Christmas dinner with his father or the memory of his doomed love affair with the beautiful Olga. It is that, for his new exhibition, he has secured the involvement of none other than celebrated novelist Michel Houellebecq.

The exhibition brings Jed new levels of global fame. But, his boiler is still broken, his ailing father flirts with oblivion and, worst of all, he is contacted by an inspector requiring his help in solving an unspeakable, atrocious and gruesome crime, involving none other than celebrated novelist Michel Houellebecq…

(From Publisher)

About the Author

A poet, essayist and novelist, Michel Houellebecq is the author of several novels including, Atomised, Platform and Whatever.

Librarians’ Comments

The Map and the Territory is an intellectually demanding novel about the interaction of art and life, ironically introducing ‘Michael Houellebecq’ as a fictional character.

A most interesting and substantial novel by the amazing French author, Michael Houellebecq.


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