The Map and the Territory, Paperback Book
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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...Shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2013.


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Michel has changed. All the crudely satisfying rage of his previous books has largely dissipated, and while he hasn't cheered up any this was smart, bleakly funny and insightful, and generally a pleasure to read. He must have grown up or something, eek.

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