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По-широко поле за борбата
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28 October 2013

Broadening the Field of Struggle

It’s a first person narrative by a man of 31 whose name is never told. He is Our Hero. He’s a single Parisian programmer who works for an IT company that has just won a contract with the Ministère de l’Agriculture. Now Our Hero is sent in small towns in Province to implement the software and train the users at their new working environment.

Our Hero is single, depressed and hates the world he lives in. He’s not interested in his job; he has no girl-friend or interest in women; he has no real friends to go out with. He’s cut off from human relationships...

In our societies, sex represents a second system of differentiation, independent from money. It behaves as a system of differentiation at least as merciless as money. The impacts of these two systems are actually equivalent. Sexual liberalism creates a phenomenon of acute pauperization, just like wild liberalism does. Some make love everyday; some five or six times in their life or never. Some make love to dozens of women, some never do. It is called “market law”. In an economic system where lay-offs are prohibited, everyone more or less finds their place. In a sexual system where adultery is prohibited, everyone more or less manages to find a bed partner. In a liberal economic system, some build huge fortunes; some endure unemployment and misery. In a perfect liberal sex system, some have a varied and exciting erotic life; some are reduced to masturbation and loneliness. Economic liberalism is broadening the field of struggle, broadening it to all the stages of life and to all social classes. On an economical point of view, Raphael Tisserand belongs to the winners; on a sexual point of view, to the losers. Some are winners on the two criteria; some are losers on the two criteria. Companies fight for some young graduates; women fight for some young men; men fight for some young women; trouble and agitation are considerable.

About the Author
Michel  Houellebecq

Michel Houellebecq was born on the 26th of February, 1958, on the French island of Reunion. At the age of six, Michel was given over to the care of his paternal grandmother, a communist, whose family name he later adopted.

In 1980, he obtained a degree in agricultural engineering, and that same year, married the sister of a classmate. His literary career began when, at twenty, he started to move in poetic circles. In 1985, he met Michel Bulteau, the editor of the Nouvelle Revue de Paris, who was the first to publish his poems. It was the beginning of a long and enduring friendship. In fact, it was Bulteau who suggested that he write a book for the "Infrequentables" series, which had been launched by Bulteau at the publishing house Le Rocher. This led to the publication, in 1991, of H. P. Lovecraft, contre le monde, contre la vie ("H. P. Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life"). In 1994, Maurice Nadeau published "Extension du domaine de la lutte", Houellebecq’s first novel, which brought him a larger audience, and has since been translated into several languages. A novel of darkness and despair, it is, at the same time, full of humor.

In 1998, he received the Grand Prix national des Lettres Jeunes Talents for the entirety of his literary output. Later, in the fall, "Interventions", a collection of chronicles and critical texts, and "Les Particules élémentaires" («Atomised»), his second novel, were published simultaneously. The latter went on to win the Prix Novembre, and has since been translated into over 25 languages. In 1999, he collaborated on the screen adaptation of "Broadening the Field of Struggle" ("Extension du domaine de la lutte"), with Philippe Harel, who directed the film. The novel "The Map and the Territory" (La Carte et le Territoire) was released in September 2010 by Flammarion and won the Prix Goncourt. 

Michel Houellebecq is among the most famous and controversial French authors and filmmakers. His first novel, Whatever ("Broadening the Field of Struggle") recreates the crushingly boring lives of two computer programmers. The Elementary Particles is a mixture of social commentary and blunt descriptions of sex. Three hundred thousand copies had been sold in France, so Houellebecq became an international star and a fierce debate began over whether he should be hailed as a brilliant realist in the great tradition of Balzac or dismissed as an irresponsible nihilist. 

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