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Michel Houellebecq: the writer will recount his setbacks as a “porn star” in a book to be published on May 24

Recently under the spotlight following his participation in “Kirac 27”, a Dutch experimental pornographic film, the content of which he accuses the director of having lied to him about the content, the writer Michel Houellebecq will deliver his version of the facts in the story “Some months in my life”, to be published on May 24 by Flammarion editions.

Explain everything to extinguish the fire. The novelist Michel Houellebecq will publish on May 24 an account of his setbacks with a Dutch filmmaker, who hired him as an actor for a pornographic film, announced Wednesday the Flammarion editions, relayed by AFP.

The 112-page book will be titled “A Few Months in My Life, October 2022-March 2023,” the publisher says. The back cover will be written as such: “For the first time in my life I felt treated, absolutely, like the subject of a wildlife documentary; it is difficult for me to forget this moment”.

In November 2022, the author of “The Map and the Territory”, Prix Goncourt 2010, signed a contract with the director Stefan Ruitenbeek, for a pornographic film. Two versions are opposed as to the course of the shooting, in Paris and Amsterdam in December. According to Mr. Ruitenbeek, this one went very well and should make for a good film. Mr. Houellebecq on the contrary accuses the director of having trapped him when he wanted not to be recognizable.

A version already heard in court

The writer has already told his version of the facts in an open letter to Mr. Ruitenbeek published on his website, in documents sent to the French and Dutch courts in an attempt to have the film banned, and in forums published by various titles of the press in Europe, such as the Italian Corriere della, or the Spanish El País. The Paris court, considering itself incompetent, and the summary judge of the Amsterdam court, for whom the contract was lawful and was respected, both dismissed Mr. Houellebecq’s request to have the film banned.

A trailer for this film entitled “Kirac 27” (named after the Dutch artistic collective Kirac behind the project) was published on the internet in March, then withdrawn.

Michel Houellebecq is a very influential French writer, recognized for his quality of observation of the individualistic excesses of Western societies. But it is also controversial because of positions deemed racist and Islamophobic. His latest book to date is the novel “Anéantir”, published in January 2022.

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