SEROTONIN

  Michel Houellebecq, the French novelist and career antagonist, delights to puncture metro-liberal orthodoxies and shock the reader with descriptions of internet pornography, pill-popping, sex tourism, the plight of the modern male and other of aspects of urban anomie. Though not for the faint-hearted, in France Houellebecq is admired for his journalistic gift of foresight. Submission (2015), his dystopian fantasia …

SPOOKS

    John le Carré’s twenty-fifth novel, Agent Running in the Field, reflects on the threadbareness of post-imperial Britain and the “mirage” of the country’s importance on the world stage. Like the alienated British agent Alec Leamas in The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, the middle-aged Nat (né Anatoly) is a British government spook adrift in a world …