Thursday, May 08, 2008

Houellebecq's Mummy Denounces Her Son!

Michel Houellebecq is perhaps France's most revered contemporary author but his 83 year-old mother, Lucie Ceccaldi, has now written an autobiography, L'Innocente (The Innocent One) in which she denounces her son as :
... an untalented social climber whose ego is only matched by his dishonesty ...
She goes on :
What are these novels where nothing ever happens? ... This individual, who alas! came out of my tummy, is a liar, an impostor, a parasite and especially, especially, a little upstart ready to do anything for fortune and fame?
and she is apparently threatening to knock his teeth out with her walking stick if he mentions her again in one of his works.

Adam Sage in The Times explores the origins of the long-standing feud between the two while Angelique Chrisafis in the Guardian scoops the first British interview with Lucie.

Well, this is one mum you can bet won't get a Mother's Day card this Sunday!

8 comments:

savante said...

Guess blood isn't thicker than water. That is one pissed-off mama.

Anonymous said...

God bless mums! Haha. Michel certainly won't be sending roses - thorns, maybe? Rox

Anonymous said...

will self once called him a little prick who doesn't get enough sex ( and btw will self writes much better than him too...

watched the german film adaptation of atomised recently (under the name 'elementary particles'). i agree with his mom . 'wellbeck' is a bastard.

pong

Anonymous said...

A rich bastard though, don't you think ? :)

Madcap Machinist said...

fascinating characters.

wouldn't it be fun to find out that Houellebecq actually wrote L'Innocente and hired someone to pose as his mother...

bibliobibuli said...

pong - i never heard that! and i've not read houllebecq yet ... i'm ashamed to say

machinist - that would be so post-modern! or maybe it could be that his mum wrote the novels

Anonymous said...

according to guardian what will self actually said was
"He's just a little guy who can't get enough sex."

http://books.guardian.co.uk/authors/author/0,,-183,00.html

pong

Anonymous said...

"wouldn't it be fun to find out that Houellebecq actually wrote L'Innocente and hired someone to pose as his mother..."

Good publicity stunt then, but wouldn't someone speak up though ? :)