The Possibility of an Island

The Possibility of an Island

"The Possibility of an Island" ( _fr. La Possibilité d'une île) is a 2005 novel by controversial French novelist Michel Houellebecq, set within the ambiance of a cloning cult that resembles the real-world Raëlians. [Nouvel Observateur 19 October 2005 " [http://permanent.nouvelobs.com/people/20051012.OBS1891.html Houellebecq, prêtre honoraire du mouvement raëlien] "
"A fin de rendre hommage au philosophe Français, Michel Houellebecq, pour son livre "La possibilité d'une île", l'auteur a été nommé prêtre honoraire du mouvement raëlien lors du congrès international raëlien qui s'est tenu à Sierre en Suisse du 6 au 9 octobre dernier, selon un communiqué de presse de Raël, [...] Le roman de Michel Houellebecq, sorti le 31 août, met en scène une secte triomphante, qui ressemble fort à celle des raëliens, alors que l'auteur prédit la mort des grandes religions monothéistes."
] [Worton, Michael "A dog's life (poodles excepted)" in The Guardian Saturday October 29, 2005 [http://books.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,,1602018,00.html available online]
"In The Possibility of an Island he once again addresses big ideas, but without giving them big thought or attention. This time the main subjects are mankind's desire for immortality, as made possible by cloning, and, again, human love. [...] He finally discovers a sect, the Elohimites, [..] The Elohimites are based on the Raelians"
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Film, TV or theatrical adaptations

A film based on the novel La Possibilité d'une île premiered in France on September 10 2008. The film was directed by Houellebecq himself.

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