About this book
Houellebecq's acclaimed take on the Thai sex trade and human relationships. 22,000 copies sold in hardback (quadruple the hardback sales of "Atomised", indicating massive growth). National press ads and flyposting to support. "Reading Houellebecq is never deflating; it is, rather, a source of constant inspiration and delight. Would that we could produce his like in England" "Observer".
Michel is a civil-servant, an account manager at the Ministry of Culture. When his father is murdered and he comes into some money, Michel takes leave of absence to go on a package tour to Thailand. Relieved to get away, he is nonetheless infuriated by the shallow hypocrisy and mediocrity of his fellow travellers.