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As the 2022 French Presidential election looms, two candidates emerge as favourites: Marine Le Pen of the Front National, and the charismatic Muhammed Ben Abbes of the growing Muslim Fraternity. Forming a controversial alliance with the political left to block the Front National’s alarming ascendency, Ben Abbes sweeps to power, and overnight the country is transformed. This proves to be the death knell of French secularism, as Islamic law comes into force: women are veiled, polygamy is encouraged and, for our narrator François – misanthropic, middle-aged and alienated – life is set on a new course. Submission is a devastating satire, comic and melancholy by turns, and a profound meditation on faith and meaning in Western society.
Entertainment Weekly's Favorite Novel of 2011 Esquire's 2011 Book of the Year A New York Times Notable Book for 2011 A Washington Post Notable Fiction Book for 2011 One of NPR's 10 Best Novels of 2011 Ten years after 9/11, a dazzling, kaleidoscopic novel reimagines its aftermath A jury gathers in Manhattan to select a memorial for the victims of a devastating terrorist attack. Their fraught deliberations complete, the jurors open the envelope containing the anonymous winner's name—and discover he is an American Muslim. Instantly they are cast into roiling debate about the claims of grief, the ambiguities of art, and the meaning of Islam. Their conflicted response is only a preamble to the country's. The memorial's designer is an enigmatic, ambitious architect named Mohammad Khan. His fiercest defender on the jury is its sole widow, the self-possessed and mediagenic Claire Burwell. But when the news of his selection leaks to the press, she finds herself under pressure from outraged family members and in collision with hungry journalists, wary activists, opportunistic politicians, fellow jurors, and Khan himself—as unknowable as he is gifted. In the fight for both advantage and their ideals, all will bring the emotional weight of their own histories to bear on the urgent question of how to remember, and understand, a national tragedy. In this deeply humane novel, the breadth of Amy Waldman's cast of characters is matched by her startling ability to conjure their perspectives. A striking portrait of a fractured city striving to make itself whole, The Submission is a piercing and resonant novel by an important new talent.
You'll want to scream, but you'll be gagged. You'll want to cry, but you'll be blindfolded. You'll want to run away, but you'll be tied up. You'll have no way of begging me, I'll do what I want with you. Sexual obsession, domination and extreme lust – Submission is the story of a young married Parisian lawyer who is drawn into a sado-masochistic relationship. A handsome stranger she meets in the courts issues her with a series of instructions which she finds herself compelled to follow. As the violence of their encounters escalates, it becomes a dangerous addiction that she can't break. But how far can she go and how much of her life will she risk in the process? Based on the author's own experiences, this astonishing book sent shockwaves through the French establishment.
As Renee embraces Islam wholeheartedly, the spiritual tranquility of her initial conversion begins to wane as she faces the often painful realities of navigating the terrains of the Muslim experience itself. At times humorous and at times painful, the story incites the familiar questioning of the human soul.
Unlock the more straightforward side of Submission with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of Submission by Michel Houellebecq, in which the author envisions a France left deeply divided as a result of mass immigration and an increase in Islamic extremism. In this tense political context, the Muslim Brotherhood party pulls off a surprise election victory and sets about ruling France in accordance with the tenets of Islam. The novel’s main character, a misanthropic and profoundly lonely professor of literature at the Sorbonne, must navigate this new reality, in which polygamy and arranged marriages are now the norm, and prestigious jobs are off limits to non-Muslims. The book proved controversial on its release, with some alleging that it is anti-Muslim, but it nonetheless became an instant bestseller in multiple European countries. Michel Houellebecq is one of France’s best-known modern novelists and won the country’s prestigious Prix Goncourt in 2010 for his novel The Map and the Territory. Find out everything you need to know about Submission in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you in your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries.com!
Sally becomes one of eight university students hand-picked to participate in a financially rewarding social psychology experiment. At a secluded mansion, she meets the imperious "Director," Jane, who is to subject them to a series of challenges, more sexual than social. She realises she must hide some details of her recent history from Jane, but can she do this in the face of the increasingly perverted violations which rob her of will, as she succumbs more with each deliciously inventive pleasure, increasingly in thrall to the dominant older woman and her well versed staff? Author Information: Leigh Turner is a new erotic writing talent. Having enjoyed a debauched life during the Eighties, she has built up a wealth of personal experience to inform her erotic writing. She now lives quietly in a suburban street with her spouse and cat. She is currently putting the finishing touches to her second novel.
ENHANCE YOUR CHANCES OF GETTING YOUR NOVEL PUBLISHED WITH THIS ONE-OF-A-KIND GUIDE Writers often spend years perfecting their first novel—then hit a dead end when it comes to getting it published. Learning to market your novel will make it stand out from the thousands of other books clamoring for the attention of an ever shrinking number of publishers. In this book, Elizabeth Lyon offers the wisdom of more than twenty years of experience as an author, book editor, writing instructor, and marketing consultant. Step-by-step, she details what editors want, what questions to ask them, and how to develop a marketing strategy. You will learn: · How to categorize your novel, and the sixteen ways of describing it · Nine ways of selling your novel · Descriptions of the jobs of literary agent, editor, and writer · Examples of actual story synopses, and successful query letters—in all the genres · How to prepare sample chapters · Thirty questions a writer needs to ask a prospective agent
Teacher Submission Erotic Bdsm: teacher professor submits to her student.
Books can be a dangerous business . . . When Blue Moon Books, the Bay Area bookstore where Angel Robinson has worked since college, is squeezed out of business, Angel is forced to find a new job. She lucks into a position as the assistant to the world-renowned literary agent Lucy Fiamma. Angel soon learns that working for Lucy is no picnic. The agent has a blockbuster ego to match her blockbuster success and Angel must juggle both her boss’s prima donna demands and the strange quirks of her authors. But Angel soon becomes indispensible to the agency and develops a keen understanding of big projects and the writers who create them. What she doesn’t realize is just how far one of them will go to get published. One day, a chapter from a mysterious manuscript by an anonymous author arrives at the office. Set in a New York literary agency, the novel, titled Blind Submission, centers on the ambitious assistant to a successful literary agent. Angel is pulled in by the plot—but her initial curiosity soon turns to panic. As the story unfolds—with chapters e-mailed in one by one—it becomes clear that the mystery author is writing the story of Angel’s own life, including secrets she thought were deeply hidden. Someone is watching her, even plotting against her. Could it be her backstabbing coworker, her jealous boyfriend, or her seductive new client? When the novel’s plot turns to murder, Angel knows that if she doesn’t discover the author’s identity before the final chapter is written, more than just her career will be cut short. From the Hardcover edition.
A successful entrepreneur and CEO, Sandi’s professional life was booming—but she'd had no personal life for ten years. Men were convenient outlets for Sandi, but she took no deeper pleasure in them. But when a dramatic turn of events turns her life upside down, she finds strength she never expected from her sister Lori. Lori lets her in on an important secret that gives Sandi a ray of hope, telling her about a very different sort of life—a life she'd never expected anyone to live, let alone live herself. Could Sandi’s submission to men bring her pleasure? Could it be the missing piece that, when found, would make her life complete? Without having to ask herself twice, Sandi embarks on a journey of enlightenment, entering a facility that trains clients to submit and surrender themselves completely. Thus Sandi begins a new life as Number 121, a trained submissive. Once home from training, can Sandi find happiness with a man who is only interested in using her for his pleasure? Her Master, Walter, has a few surprises up his sleeve, however, and makes her discover her own pleasure in ways she'd never fathomed. From bondage to ménage à trois, Sandi finds a form of bliss and fulfillment that had lain dormant in her body for far too long. Yet through it all, as she manages to claw her way back to power in her professional life, can she continue to submit in her personal life? Can she find a balance that will bring her entire life together? Powerone brings you Number 121, A Novel of Enlightenment through Submission.
Part of the Bestselling Series World The Immortal Ops by Mandy M. Roth Paranormal Shifter Military Special Ops Romance Book Three in the PSI Ops Series Haven Carey has given up everything to seek out the man responsible for her brother's death, but she gets a lot more than she bargained for when she comes face-to-face with the tall, dark, and delicious alpha. When her world is turned on its head, she soon discovers that nothing is as it appears to be. Cat-shifting PSI-Operative Miles "Boomer" Walsh is the team loner for a reason—nothing and no one touches him. Not anymore. Except when a beautiful vixen shows up, claiming he murdered her brother, and tries to kill him. It's not the first time a female's tried to end him. But this time is different. Primal instinct demands his total surrender to whatever the woman has in mind… especially if that something includes a little pain mixed with pleasure. Genre: romance, paranormal, shifter, military, special ops, vampire, werecat, werelion, alpha male, werewolf romance, bad boy hero, humorous romance, romantic suspense, action and adventure, shapeshifter, romantic comedy, fantasy, sci-fi, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Thriller & Suspense, Wizards & Witches, Genetic Engineering
Michel Houellebecq’s Serotonin is a caustic, frightening, hilarious, raunchy, offensive, and politically incorrect novel about the decline of Europe, Western civilization, and humanity in general. Deeply depressed by his romantic and professional failures, the aging hedonist and agricultural engineer Florent-Claude Labrouste feels he is “dying of sadness.” He hates his young girlfriend, and the feeling is almost certainly mutual; his career is pretty much over; and he has to keep himself thoroughly medicated to cope with day-to-day life. Suffocating in the rampant loneliness, consumerism, hedonism, and sprawl of the city, Labrouste decides to head for the hills, returning to Normandy, where he once worked promoting regional cheeses and where he was once in love, and even—it now seems—happy. There he finds a countryside devastated by globalization and by European agricultural policies, and encounters farmers longing, like Labrouste himself, for an impossible return to a simpler age. As the farmers prepare for what might be an armed insurrection, it becomes clear that the health of one miserable body and of a suffering body politic are not so different, and that all parties may be rushing toward a catastrophe that a whole drugstore’s worth of antidepressants won’t make bearable.
Songs of Submission is about escaping from the sadness that can dominate our lives. Whether it is drug addiction, violated love, personal tragedy, or broken dreams, the sadness in our lives can resonate inside us like a viral disease. But there is always hope for change. "We need to stop all of this misinformation. We need to spread ideas that will make our society better, not worse. We need to create thought contagions that will save our world." With those words rattling around in his mind, Blake looked out upon a beautiful evening sky. Instead of seeing the hopeful twinkling of distant stars, he was blinded by an onslaught of corporate logos; it was a continuous campaign that seeped through the masses, leaving them spent and directionless...their dreams only articulated through the buzzwords of the day. Blake closed his eyes; he was surrounded by the blank stares of a populace engineered to submission. And not so long ago, Blake had been just like one of them. Songs of Submission is as liberating as the epiphanies of its troubled characters, and as gripping as the problems they are leaving behind.
Do you know who you are? Diego Manning thinks he does, until the high school senior enrolls in an exclusive summer study program at the Mission of San Bernardino Realino. Within the walls of this converted monastery, Diego will discover a world of sexual license and secrets with roots as old and deep as those of the Mission's winery, La Viuda Riseuna. Diego will discover that, sometimes, you don't know who you are until you lose yourself.
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This is a comprehensive study of the first decade of literary representations of 9/11, moving from Art Spiegelman’s In the Shadow of No Towers (2003) to Amy Waldman’s The Submission (2012). It traces the way literature has dealt with an event that continues to shape world conflict and resonate prominently in the American imagination, and argues that the corpus of literary fiction discussing 9/11 is characterized by a fundamental sense of conflictedness related to the tensions between trauma or mourning and political imperatives. The work offers in-depth analyses of texts that have historicized 9/11 and shaped the way we understand this key moment in American and world history.
"In Problem Novels, Anna Maria Jones argues that, far from participating "invisibly" in disciplinary regimes, many Victorian novels articulate sophisticated theories about the role of the novel in the formation of the self. In fact, it is rare to find a Victorian novel in which questions about the danger or utility of novel reading are not embedded within the narrative. In other words, one of the stories that the Victorian novel tells, over and over again, is the story of what novels do to readers. This story occurs in moments that call attention to the reader's engagement with the text." "In chapters on Wilkie Collins, Anthony Trollope, and George Meredith, Jones examines "problem novels" - that is, novels that both narrate and invite problematic reading as part of their theorizing of cultural production. Problem Novels demonstrates that these works posit a culturally embedded, sensationally susceptible reader and, at the same time, present a methodology for critical engagement with cultural texts. Thus, the novels theorize, paradoxically, a reader who is both unconsciously interpellated and critically empowered. And, Jones argues, it is this paradoxical construction of the unconscious/critical subject that re-emerges in the theoretical paradigms of Victorian cultural studies scholarship. Indeed, as Problem Novels shows, Victorianists' attachments to critical "detective work" closely resemble the sensational attachments that we assume shaped Victorian novel readers."--BOOK JACKET.
Lists addresses and information on contacts, pay rates, and submission requirements, and includes essays on the craft of writing
In Negotiating the New in the French Novel Teresa Bridgeman applies insights from pragmatic theory to the French novel in order to examine its discourse conventions. Focussing on texts by some of the greatest and most innovative French novelists - Diderot, Balzac, Flaubert, Zola, Celine, Sarraute and Perec - Bridgeman analyses how these authors established their own conventions, challenged reader expectations and drew conventions from other literary and non-literary forms. Negotiating the New in the French Novel shows the development of changing perceptions of genre, author and reader. This book will make fascinating reading for students of French literature - particularly of the nineteenth century novel, students of Stylistics and of Narratology.

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