viaINTERVIEWERSo what made you write your first novel, Whatever, about a computer
programmer and his sexually frustrated friend?
HOUELLEBECQI hadn’t seen any novel make the statement that entering the workforce was like entering the grave. That from then on, nothing happens and you have to pretend to be interested in your work. And, furthermore, that some people have a sex life and others don’t just because some are more attractive than others. I wanted to acknowledge that if people don’t have a sex life, it’s not for some moral reason, it’s just because they’re ugly. Once you’ve said it,
it sounds obvious, but I wanted to say it.
I don't know a French person who likes this guy. But he's the Damien Hirst of French lit, and I mean that in the best possible way.