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Atomised

(2000)
(The Elementary Particles)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel
Half-brothers Michel and Bruno have a mother in common but little else. Michel is a molecular biologist, a thinker and idealist, a man with no erotic life to speak of and little in the way of human society. Bruno, by contrast, is a libertine, though more in theory than in practice, his endless lust is all too rarely reciprocated. Both are symptomatic members of our atomised society, where religion has given way to shallow 'new age' philosophies and love to meaningless sexual connections. ATOMISED (Les Particules elementaires) tells the stories of the two brothers, but the real subject of the novel is in its dismantling of contemporary society and its assumptions, in its political incorrectness, and its caustic and penetrating asides on everything from anthropology to the problem pages of girls' magazines. A dissection of modern lives and loves. By turns funny, acid, infuriating, didactic, touching and visceral.



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October 2000 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Elementary Particles
Author(s): Michel Houellebecq
ISBN: 0-375-40770-7 / 978-0-375-40770-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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May 2000 : UK Hardback
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Title: Atomised
Author(s): Michel Houellebecq
ISBN: 0-434-00793-5 / 978-0-434-00793-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd
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October 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: Atomised
Author(s): Michel Houellebecq
ISBN: 0-09-950395-6 / 978-0-09-950395-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage (Australia)
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November 2001 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Elementary Particles
Author(s): Michel Houellebecq
ISBN: 0-375-72701-9 / 978-0-375-72701-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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March 2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: Atomised
Author(s): Michel Houellebecq, Frank Wynne
ISBN: 0-09-928336-0 / 978-0-09-928336-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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November 2011 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Atomised: Winner of the International Dublin Literary Award 2002
Author(s): Michel Houellebecq
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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February 2001 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Elementary Particles
Author(s): Michel Houellebecq
Publisher: Vintage
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