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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 societyAs 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 societyAs 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


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  1. says:

    I'm glad I read it It's very French I don't mind its Frenchness at all in fact it adds to the appeal But I cannot hide the fact I found the book a disappointment There are snippets of what is to come but these are few and far between 'In hindsight the journalists of the centre left seemed only to have repeated the blindness of the Trojans History is full of such blindness we see it among the intellectuals politicians and journalists of the 1930s all of whom were convinced that Hitler would 'come to see reason' There are sounds of distant explosions and gunfire but as he says ' I was struck by my colleagues' lack of concern They seemed completely unworried as if none of this had anything to do with them' The drip drip drip of encroaching doom is therefore well played out but it is very slow Meanwhile we are subjected to the main character's sexual fantasies and enactments which seem to be the most important thing to him It's interesting the author forecasts Turkey joining the EU which we know about but also Tunisia Algeria and then Egypt When the new regime inevitably takes over he initially appears disinterested until one of his close friends acquires a 40 year old wife for 'cooking and cleaning' and a second 15 year old wife 'for the other things' It's this sexual aspect that inevitably draws him to the new way of life Crime is lower and unemployment is solved overnight when women are banned from going to work Sex is removed from public life altogether because all women are totally covered from head to foot so even our sex mad main character begins to forget it It's the slow inevitability of it that is the most convincing as though all the population of France gave one enormous Gallic shrug and accepted their fate One would hope this novel is a warning to them not to be so dangerously apathetic in real life