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Public Enemies

(2011)
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The international publishing sensation is now available in the United States - two brilliant, controversial authors confront each other and their enemies in an unforgettable exchange of letters.

In one corner, Bernard-Henri Lévy, creator of the classic Barbarism with a Human Face, dismissed by the media as a wealthy, self-promoting, arrogant do-gooder. In the other, Michel Houellebecq, bestselling author of The Elementary Particles, widely derided as a sex-obsessed racist and misogynist. What began as a secret correspondence between bitter enemies evolved into a remarkable joint personal meditation by France's premier literary and political live wires. An instant international bestseller, Public Enemies has now been translated into English for all lovers of superb insights, scandalous opinions, and iconoclastic ideas.

In wicked, wide-ranging, and freewheeling letters, the two self-described 'whipping boys' debate whether they crave disgrace or secretly have an insane desire to please. Lévy extols heroism in the face of tyranny; Houellebecq sees himself as one who would 'fight little and badly.' Lévy says 'life does not '-live'' unless he can write; Houellebecq bemoans work as leaving him in such 'a state of nervous exhaustion that it takes several bottles of alcohol to get out.' There are also touching and intimate exchanges on the existence of God and about their own families.

Dazzling, delightful, and provocative, Public Enemies is a death match between literary lions, remarkable men who find common ground, confident that, in the end (as Lévy puts it), 'it is we who will come out on top.'



Used availability for Michel Houellebecq's Public Enemies

Hardback Editions

January 2012 : UK Hardback
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Title: Public Enemies
Author(s): Michel Houellebecq, Bernard-Henri Levy
ISBN: 1-84887-158-9 / 978-1-84887-158-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Atlantic Books
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Paperback Editions

December 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Public Enemies
Author(s): Michel Houellebecq, Bernard-Henri Levy
ISBN: 1-84887-159-7 / 978-1-84887-159-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Atlantic Books
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2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: Public Enemies
Author(s): Bernard Henri-Levy, Michel Houellebecq
ISBN: 1-84887-160-0 / 978-1-84887-160-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Atlantic Books
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January 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: Public Enemies: Dueling Writers Take On Each Other and the World
Author(s): Bernard-Henri Levy, Michel Houellebecq
ISBN: 0-8129-8078-6 / 978-0-8129-8078-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
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Kindle Editions

December 2011 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Public Enemies
Author(s): Michel Houellebecq, Bernard Henri-Levy
Publisher: Atlantic Books
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January 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Public Enemies: Dueling Writers Take On Each Other and the World
Author(s): Bernard-Henri Levy, Michel Houellebecq
Publisher: Random House
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA