Michel Houellebecq to announce shock retirement?

‘Atomised’ author created a stir on Wednesday when rumors have surfaced that his career was over.

Sad news for Houellebecq fans. Speculation had been rife that the author of the Map and the Territory and Atomised will announce his retirement from all public activities, at age 62, with immediate effect.

UPDATE 26/11/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Being an author isn't fun anymore

“As we get older, there are phases of life that we enter into, and being an author just isn't fun anymore,” he might have said, says a source who remained anonymous. Other reports hinted that he may branch out into other creative fields he is better at (and more interested in), though they didn't provide any details.


For a little while on Wednesday evening, #ThankYouMichel was a trending hashtag on Twitter. As many fans reminisce and look back on all the unforgettable memories, some may wonder what about now made him make the decision.

“You’ve accomplished everything I ever dreamed of #ThankYouMichel.”
— @DesireePlum, 25 Nov 2020
“Didn't Michel Houellebecq retire about 3 years ago?”
— @samy2love, 25 Nov 2020

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