The Map and the Territory

The Map and the Territory

The Map and the Territory Having made his name with an exhibition of photographs of Michelin roadmaps beautiful works that won praise from every corner of the art world Jed Martin is now emerging from a ten year hiatus And he

  • Title: The Map and the Territory
  • Author: Michel Houellebecq
  • ISBN: 9780434021406
  • Page: 276
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Having made his name with an exhibition of photographs of Michelin roadmaps beautiful works that won praise from every corner of the art world Jed Martin is now emerging from a ten year hiatus And he has had some good news It has nothing to do with his broken boiler, the approach of another lamentably awkward annual Christmas dinner with his father or the memory of hHaving made his name with an exhibition of photographs of Michelin roadmaps beautiful works that won praise from every corner of the art world Jed Martin is now emerging from a ten year hiatus And he has had some good news It has nothing to do with his broken boiler, the approach of another lamentably awkward annual 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 the French novelist Michel Houellebecq The great writer has agreed to write the text for the exhibition guide, for which he will be paid handsomely and also have his portrait painted by Jed.The exhibition Professions , a series of portraits of ordinary and extraordinary people at work brings Jed new levels of global fame Yet his boiler is still broken, his ailing father flirts with oblivion and, worse still, he is contacted by one Inspector Jasselin, who requests his assistance in solving an unspeakable, atrocious and gruesome crime.Art, money, fathers, sons, death, love and the transformation of France into a tourist paradise come together to create a daringly playful and original twist on the contemporary novel from a modern master of the form.

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    ”I’ve known several guys in my life who wanted to become artists, and were supported by their parents; not one of them managed to break through. It’s curious, you might think that the need to express yourself, to leave a trace in the world, is a powerful force, yet in general that’s not enough. What works best, what pushes people most violently to surpass themselves, is still the pure and simple need for money.”Jeff Koons has made himself an objet d’art.Whenever Jed Martin calls his [...]

    WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS FOR THE DAVID CRONENBERG MOVIE MAPS TO THE STARSThis is an acidly cynical black comedy, and it's pretty funny, but that really doesn't tell you much about what it's like. I can see that many of the other reviewers are stuck too. Some of them have tried to explain by telling you about the plot, but since there are several rather excellent twists it doesn't seem right to reveal any of them. Luckily, we saw Maps to the Stars last night at the Grütli's C [...]

    Just finished the last thirty wonderfully flowing and surprising pages that end with the total domination of vegetation and then went back to the first lines namedropping Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst and said aloud "Ha, what a great book." I love how clearly he writes, with such unexpected analysis/insight, exaggerated generalizations asserted as truth (although toned down in this one -- not as much potentially politically incorrect stuff in general, and certainly not as much sex as the last two) [...]

    Finally a map of Houellebecq territory.When I read 'Plateforme' some years ago, I dismissed Houellebecq as being overrated, and a complete misogynist, but I've changed my mind after reading La Carte et le Territoire. There are some very original plot details, interesting takes on photography and contemporary art, a bit of a meander on architecture, and plenty of information on cartography for those of us who loves maps. But the most amazing thing is that in spite of a main character who is very [...]

    OK, if I have to be completely blunt, Michel Houellebecq must be the most overrated contemporary author since Amelie Nothomb. The Map and the Territory has received so much publicity in the last year or two, and I’ve come across the title in news and write-ups so many times, not to mention enthusiastic comments I’ve overheard during social occasions, that it seemed like I am missing out on something big out there. Not only did the book seem to be in the cultural news every other day or somet [...]

    His best novel. The themes are basically the same, but Michel Houellebecq tells the tale again with great energy and in a large tongue in cheek manner. On one level it is about the rise of an artist who doesn't really want to participate in the art market. He has nothing against it, but his character is not one where he follows the market place. Yet he's extremely successful in what he does. The other textual parts are Houellebecq's fascination with what people do on their 'free' time - the need [...]

    It was public knowledge that Houellebecq was a loner with strong misanthropic tendencies: it was rare for him even to say a word to his dog.Martin Amis did it before, in Money, when he introduced himself, 'Martin Amis', as a character in the book. Houellebecq replays the conceit here, with a similar pretension and expanded role for himself. In the spirit of literary self-flagellation, in addition to the epitaph offered above, Houellebecq does horrible things to himself. I would be plot-spoiling [...]

    Frankly I read this because my 16-year old did, and considering the negative buzz surrounding Houellebecq I was wondering if she was polluting her beautiful young mind with misogynist pornography. I didn’t expect to like it. So it is with surprise that I bestow 5 stars upon it. A wonderful book - rich, true and wickedly funny. Now that I’ve looked into Houellebecq a bit more I see this was maybe an odd place to start; his other, more misanthropic, sexually-charged books are what got him all [...]

    I read The Map and the Territory because Jeffrey Eugenides admitted *he* was reading in in a NYT interview.No surprise why masterful American novelists would want to read this. The author, Michel Houellebecq, is unabashedly and unashamedly literary and intellectual. No doubt there's a certain penis envy in admiring a Gallic author who can be so brazen as to simply drop trou and masturbate with his mind for us all to watch. Those of us on this side of the pond who fret about novels and commercial [...]

    الخريطة والأرض لسنوات كنت أرى رواية ميشيل ويلبيك (احتمال جزيرة) على رفوف المكتبات وأتجاوزها، ولكني حصلت على كتابه هذا مدفوعاً بنيله جائزة الغونكور، نعم !! من السخف أن ندعي أن الجوائز لا تؤثر على قراراتنا، كل ما في الأمر هو أننا نفقد الثقة بجائزة ما، عندما نكتشف أنها منحت لأعم [...]

    ალბათ მიშელ უელბეკი უკანასკნელი დიდი ფრანგი მწერალია. მეტიც, არა მგონია, მაგის შემდეგ რომელიმე დასავლეთ ევროპელის ნააზრევი იყოს ასეთი მყარი არგუმენტი ადამიანთა მოდგმის უბადრუკობის შესა [...]

    Debía llevar más de un lustro quejándome que Michel Houellebecq se repetía más que el ajo, que siempre hacía la misma novela y que parecía que escribiera con el piloto automático, casi como si estuviera parodiando la imagen pública de si mismo, repitiendo hasta la extenuación una fórmula que parecía funcionarle sin aportar nada nuevo. Así que os podréis imaginar cuál fue mi excitación cuando empezaron a salir críticas de ‘El mapa y el territorio’ que lo ponían por las nubes [...]

    Michel Houellebecq is the subversive satirist supreme. The diffident misanthrope who takes humanity to task for our natures, our systems, our ridiculous aspirations and our delusions. But he does so with light touch. He doesn't have to beat us around the head with our own foolish failings.Jed Martin is an artist of some repute. The one layer he misses on his palette is an ability with words, so he seeks after commissioning one Michel Houellebecq to write the programme notes for his upcoming exhi [...]

    Ο Καλός μου ο Μισέλ. Ο δύστροπος. Ο ευφάνταστός, που σου μιλάει για την τέχνη σαν να είναι ένα τίποτα.Που σε κάνει να νιώθεις συνένοχος του. Μην κοιτάς εγώ τώρα που το παίζω καλλιτέχνης, είναι σαν σου λέει,στο βάθος αίσθάνομαι ενα μπάζο. Εχει και τα δίκια του ο Δάσκαλος. Ισως γι [...]

    the bitter frenchman solidifies himself as one of my favourite authors. countless vicious soundbites that i had a lot of fun with on twitter --"They really don't amount to much, anyway, human relationships.""flowers are only sexual organs, brightly coloured vaginas decorating the surface of the world, open to the lubricity of insects""What can you reply, in general, to human questions?" "it was conceivably true, he thought, that France was a marvelous country - at least from the tourist's point [...]

    A chaque nouveau roman, Houellebecq me surprend. Il n’écrit jamais ce que je pense qu’il va nous offrir, tout en faisant chaque fois la preuve de plusieurs constantes : une lucidité « visionnaire » sur notre époque, un humour aussi discret que décapant, un pertinence et une cohérence sur le fond, derrière l’histoire a proprement parler. Cette fois il est question à la fois d’art, de relation père/fils, de la mort et de la transmission, avec un belle métaphore : celle de la car [...]

    Ich weiß nicht einmal, was genau dieses Buch ist - eine lange, langsame Meditation über Kunst und Sinn des Lebens vielleicht? Und ein verletzliches Buch, im Gegenteil zu Houllebecqs vielen anderen (nicht weniger guten) verletzenden Büchern. Aber wenn ich an seine andere Werke zurückdenke, vor allem "Platform" und den atemberaubenden "Rester vivant" ("Lebendig bleiben") Essay, dann ist diese besondere Art von Verletztlichkeit nicht überraschendes.Ein langsames und langsam zu lesendes Buch, d [...]

    Houellebecq'in okuduğum ilk romanı. Fransa'nın geleneksel toplum-mimari-sanat ve ekonomik yapısının füzyonlaşarak modern bir yaşantıya dönüşünün romanı. Felsefeyle, geleneksel üretim sistemlerinin eleştirisiyle, sosyo-ekonomik ve politik sorunlarla kafayı bozmuş, bunalımlı Fransa'nın yerini, kimliğiyle barışık, minimal ve teknolojiye entegre üretim sistemini kullanan, sanayicilerin yerini butik işletmelerin ve girişimcilerin aldığı, sanatın ağır-kapalı-sakın [...]

    Много харесвам Уелбек и в частност този роман, но странните закони, според които съществува родното книгоиздаване, не дават възможност удоволствието от четенето да е издигнато на кой знае какво ниво

    Too cold for my taste but terribly clever. I found his worldview coloring my own, which is a mark of how absorbing a writer Houellebecq is. I'm sure I would have enjoyed him more in my younger years, but I've become more generous in my late fifties, tend to cut characters more slack.

    houellebecq is a supreme market analyst, not shying away from drawing a trendline even if it's more based on cynicism than data:They had several happy weeks. It was not, it couldn't be, the exacerbated, feverish happiness of young people, and it was no longer a question for them in the course of a weekend to get plastered or totally shit-faced; it was already -- but they were still young enough to laugh about it -- the preparation for that epicurean, peaceful, refined but unsnobbish happiness th [...]

    Esta é a vida de Jed Martin que, como por acaso, fez fama e fortuna no mundo da arte. Jed não era ambicioso, nem sabia muito bem o que queria da vida, mas era obcecado e perfecionista: primeiro, decidiu fazer um inventário fotográfico de todas as ferramentas e utensílios do homem, chaves de parafusos, garfos e colheres, mesas e cadeiras, depois, subitamente, apaixonou-se pelos mapas de estradas da Michelin ("o mapa é mais interessante que o território"), e passou dez anos a fotografá-los [...]

    I temi trattati sono un po’ i soliti presenti nei libri di MH, un po’ ammorbiditi rispetto al passato.Qui si parla molto di pittura e fotografia, certo, ma si parla soprattutto (al solito) della quasi impossibilità di creare rapporti reali tra le persone.Meno sesso. Meno disturbante. Comunque provocatorio.Stessa scrittura impeccabile, diretta, sincera. Densa ed evocativa.All’interno ci sono idee o trovate che sembrerebbero facilmente attaccabili. In realtà Houellebecq non è uno che inci [...]

    Frankly, misogyny would be a step up. Misogyny I could tolerate if there were even the merest HINT of literary merit. But in fact, Michel Houellebecq would publish his grocery list if he thought you would buy it, read it, and give it a literary prize. And h's got your number, because apparently you will. This book comes close; he's thrown in some ingredeients that he thinks you and the Goncourt jury will swallow -- the author is a character!, it's writing about art!, he tells us every time he bu [...]

    Η περίπτωση του κυρίου Houellebecq (Ουελμπέκ - Γάλλος είναι- και όχι Γουέλμπεκ) είναι αρκετά ενδιαφέρουσα. Δυνατή και άμεση η γραφή του, αλλά και οι απόψεις του, που μπορούν να ξεκινούν από την άβαντ-γκαρντ τέχνη μέχρι την αγορά Mercedes C class ή τα εμφυτεύματα σιλικόνης. Το συγκεκριμένο [...]

    The third section initially gave me pause. It could've been mishandled. I had previously read a review in the UK press and was aware of this turn. The novel as with most of Houellebecq's other work is a chilling portrait of our reality, our naked humanity isn't what we'd hope for, it is slithering that way regardless.

    Не ми се получи любов - нито от първа ("Plateforme"), нито от втора книга ("La carte et le territoire"). Но не мога да призная, че е много добър, увличащо добър писател и ще продължавам да го чета. Просто този светоглед ми е чужд и доста плашещ. "Une solitude accablante"

    أول قراءة لويلبيك، الكاتب المثير للجدل، ولا أظنها ستكون الأخيرةلديه قدرة مميزة على السرد وشد القارئ للروايةكما أن عنده النَّفَس الموسوعي والفلسفي الذي يعجبني عند الروائيينفلم تأت روايته مقتصرة على الأحداث الروائية فقطبل مزجها بالواقع والشخصيات الحقيقية والمعلومات والآر [...]

    Modernity was perhaps an error, thought Jed for the first time in his life. A purely rhetorical question, that: modernity had ended in Western Europe some time ago.I once tried to get into Houellebecq [1], about 10 years ago, and back then his work seems to have been all about "here's a bunch of sex with various people, oh no this is not fulfilling, we need monogamy, the end". Not that interesting. The Map and the Territory does not fit into that pattern at all, luckily, it's more a character st [...]

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