THE KIDNAPPING OF MICHEL HOUELLEBECQ

September 16th 2011. The TV news networks, newspapers, blogs, websites and radio stations are all reporting on one story : star author Michel Houellebecq, winner of the prestigious Prix Goncourt in 2010, has been abducted. Some members of the media go so far as to suggest that Al-Qaeda may be involved.

For the next few days, the news ripples through literary circles and members of the press, feeding buzz and speculation. A brazen kidnapping ? An identity crisis? A plan to escape abroad ? A schizophrenic delirium ?

Michel will never provide the media with any rational explanation for what happened to him.